activity

Salt doesn’t just make foods tastier—it can also help you create colorful works of art!

safety
  • No Safety Considerations
difficulty
  • Beginner
time
  • 25 minutes

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Gather Equipment

Pencil
Watercolor paper or card stock
Rimmed baking sheet
White glue
1 cup
kosher salt
2+
small bowls
Small paintbrush
Watercolor paints
Water
1
 
Pencil

Decide on your design: Will you create a picture of something (or someone), or will you create an interesting pattern? Use pencil to sketch or trace outline of your design on watercolor paper.

 
2
 
Watercolor paper or card stock
White glue

Place paper inside rimmed baking sheet. Carefully squeeze white glue from bottle over your pencil outline—add glue wherever you want there to be color on your design.

 
3
 
1 cup
kosher salt

Add salt to small bowl. Use your fingers to generously sprinkle salt all over glue (paint won’t stick to any spots of glue not covered in salt).

 
4
 

Working over rimmed baking sheet, carefully pick up paper and gently shake off excess salt (let salt fall onto baking sheet). Let glue dry for 5 minutes. Ask an adult to help you pour excess salt back into bowl.

 
5
 
Small paintbrush
Watercolor paints
Water

Decide which paint color you’ll start with. Load paintbrush with paint. Gently touch paintbrush to salt to add color. No need to swipe or move paintbrush—paint will naturally travel along salt-covered outlines of your design.

 
6
 

Continue loading paintbrush with paint and touching paintbrush to salt. If you want to switch colors, be sure to thoroughly rinse paintbrush in water before dipping it in new color of paint.

 
7
 

After you’ve finished adding color to your design, set aside paper where it won’t be disturbed. Let dry for at least 2 hours. Then, display your artwork!

 
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