Watercolor Salt Painting

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.

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Gather your materials. Protect your workspace with newspaper or paper bags.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

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

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

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

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 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.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Done!

    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!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

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