Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Art Journals : Watercolor + Salt

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you poured salt on your wet watercolored paper? No? You haven't? Ok then, well, if you pour salt on your wet watercolored paper, this happens :

Pretty neat effect, isn't it? The salt absorbs the water on the paper and leaves these cool washed out places. Come on, we'll show you how it's done! It's easy!!

What you'll need:

Watercolor paints and brushes (We use, and love, Crayolas watercolors.)
Salt (Plain old, cheap old, iodized salt.)

Get your watercolors out and ready....

....and start painting!

The key is to use a lot of water. Really saturate your paints and brush. It's good to use a larger paint brush than the one that comes in the watercolor set...that one didn't seem to hold enough water. But if that's all you have, no worries. Just make sure to dip it more times.

When you are happy with your picture, add the salt.  Just pour some into your hand and then sprinkle it onto the paper.

Almost immediately the salt does it's thing and you can see the water being absorbed. It will look even neater when it is fully dry.

Shake or rub the excess salt off of the paper when it is completely dry.

Isn't that cool? I think Emma and I are going to write some Bible verses out on them and then frame them. Or maybe we'll use them as greeting cards. I don't know...but they are fun!

The day Emma and I did this, it was our "just us" project. I like to try to do something purposeful with just one of the children every once in awhile. I let them pick a project or just something they would like to do, and then I spend that time with that child alone. It's been a pretty neat experience, and really gives me an idea of how my kids work and think apart from their siblings' influence. Emma really wanted to paint, so we did this, and it was great fun. In fact, she liked it so much, that she set it all up the next morning to do with Sophia and Elijah. They loved it! Elijah especially like pouring the salt (making a mess!).

If you try this out, come back and let me know how you liked it!



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