Friday, September 2, 2011

* Salt and Glue Watercolor Paintings!

I always wanted to try this salt and glue technique from 
MaryAnn Kohl's book, Scribble Art.
When I saw it on Jean's blog, the Artful Parent it was so pretty
I knew we needed to give it a whirl. 

You will need:
 white school glue (we use Elmer's)
cardboard scraps or pieces of heavy watercolor paper
brushes, pipettes, or eye droppers to apply the watercolors

Start by "drawing" your picture with glue on a piece of 
stiff watercolor paper or cardboard. 
Use something that can handle the weight because it will be heavy!

When the glue drawing is finished, cover it with a generous amount of salt.
Just like applying glitter, 
tap off the excess and re-use it for another art project (don't eat it!). 

The nifty part is that you don't have to wait for the salt and glue to dry
 before you start painting!

The girls painted their pictures with liquid watercolors.
You tap or touch the salt lightly with the brush and watch the color spread.
Don't drag your brush through the salt and wet paint or it will make a big mess.

The colors will be very bright and vivid while they're wet.
They'll fade a bit as it dries.

Then we tried making a RAINBOW 

Alternating stripes of colored glue and plain white school glue.

The salty rainbow with wet watercolors...

The next day, after the paint and glue dried.

"E" working on her self portrait profile 
on a scrap of cardboard.

I LOVE all the colors on this one!

Sometimes it's easier to draw/sketch your picture first,
then outline it in glue.

This is "C"s portrait of Arthur (from PBS) on a scrap of 
cardboard from the recycling bin.

Close up of his glasses.


Happy Salty Glue Painting Making!

pink and green mama

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