Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tuesday's Art Adventure: Salt and Paint

There are all sorts fun things you can do with paint besides just painting. Because kids are naturally curious and love to explore what happens, this type of project is great for all ages.

Salt and Paint
Explore the effects of salt on paint.


  • watercolor paints (just the cheap kids kind are great)
  • brushes
  • paper
  • salt (any kind,table, kosher, rock, etc. you can even try a variety)

Work bit by bit. Paint a part of your painting

and while the paint is still wet, sprinkle with salt.

Experiment with using a little or a lot of salt. 

That's all there is to it. Keep adding paint and salt until you are satisfied. 

Leave the salt in place as it dries.
You can see how the paint pulls away from the salt.

When the painting is dry, gently brush the salt away and admire the effects. 

If your salt is stubborn, use a stiff, clean brush or even just the side of a spoon and scrap the salt off.

In the upper right corner, Chi loaded it with salt which also had a nice effect.

My kids just painted abstracts, but here's an example of mine. A close picture so you can see where I used salt in the blue paint to make it look more like water.


  1. Love it! We do lots of summer crafts to keep busy and this is definitely one we have all the supplies for. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Beautiful! I just might have to try this with my class! :)

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  3. Thank you for sharing this interesting and informative article, painting with airless spray gun will be faster and more interesting!

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