Salt Painting with Liquid Watercolor

Salt Painting with Liquid Watercolor

Painting with salt is like magic! It’s mesmerizing to watch the paint climb up the salt crystals. Younger kids will be happy drawing abstract designs and doodles, while older children can try more deliberate designs like animals, letters or people.

3 - 12
Est. Time:
<30 mins

How we did it:

Materials List

  1. liquid watercolors - canvas
  2. salt
  3. cookie sheet (or tray)
  4. pipette (or paint brush)
  1. Gather your materials. Protect your workspace with newspaper or paper bags.

  2. Use a bottle of glue to draw a design on the canvas.

  3. Put the canvas on a rimmed cookie sheet. Pour salt onto the glue. Shake off the excess salt.

  4. Let the glue dry for about 20 minutes. (To speed up the process, you can set a blow-dryer to “warm” and blow-dry the design outside.) The glue doesn’t have to be completely dry before starting the next step.

  5. Dip a pipette (or paintbrush) into liquid watercolor and gently apply it to the salt. (You’ll have more control with a paintbrush, but more fun with a pipette!) Like magic, the color will climb up the crystals!