Sunday, February 22, 2009

Painting with salt???

Salt Painting

Yes, you read that right. In this craft, we learn to “salt paint” which is a cool medium for art. And hopefully, you’ll have everything you need right in your house. I did, and I surely don't win a prize for "Best Stocked Pantry", I promise ya that.

Salt(table salt is what we used b/c we didn't have fancy salt)
Paint brushes(artist, not home improvement, altho I suppose you could try that)
1 cup of boiling water-not microwaved (no short cuts here)
1 ceramic coffee mug
dark cardstock(construction paper works but not as well) in black, or other deep colors like red, navy or purple

1. Boil water.
2. Pour boiling water into mug.
3. Add 1 tsp of salt at a time, stirring well to mix using a paintbrush(Sam did this).
4. When the salt no longer mixes into the boiling water, begin painting.(This took us about 7-9 tsp)
5. To paint, dip the paintbrush into the salt water for each stroke to ensure there are salt crystals on the brush. YES, you have to constantly re-dip your brush. It's worth it.
6. Let dry overnight(or blowdry if you too are impatient-like Sam). As the water dries, it leaves the salt behind to create the art.
Tip: If you don’t have dark cardstock, add a couple of drops of dark food color to the saltwater.

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