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Painting With Watercolors and Salt

Most children are introduced to watercolor painting at an early age, so they have at least some understanding of its use.

Whether you’re teaching your own kids at home or a large group of kids, watercolors are likely to be a staple of painting supplies.

Simple watercolor and salt painting.

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I think it’s a good medium for a few reasons: it’s easy to use and easy to clean.

Cool watercolor and salt art for kids.

If you want to introduce it, it gives kids a lot of practice in drawing and learning different types of brushes, it’s forgiving – you can dilute it with water to brighten it, or almost wipe it off if you mess up It – you can keep painting. low to make it more vivid.

Make a Heart with Watercolor and Salt - DIY

You don’t need a lot of materials for this project, there are two ways to use this class: one is to add a layer of construction paper like we do by heart, or just paint them and add salt to join the top layers that aren’t glued.

The finished watercolor and salt paint design

I will discuss how to use both methods.

Paint with watercolors and hang out with the kids

You need to decide what you want to do before teaching him so you can get the materials you need ahead of time.

Make a heart with watercolor and salt

You can also give them options and let them decide.

Make a simple heart for kids with watercolor and salt

In my class, I ask people to start with that heart, and then I tell them that after having a heart like this, they can do whatever they want, and it works great. Features.

DIY - Make your own artwork with watercolor and salt

Watercolor and Salt Painting

going to need:

  • Watercolor paper per child, I recommend at least 2 per child
  • glass of water
  • Several sizes of brushes for every child
  • Disposable plastic tablecloth
  • Blanket or apron for each child
  • Salt – (just regular table salt)
  • A pair of scissors
  • Construction paper in different colors
  • pencil
  • watercolor
  • glue stick

Cute watercolor and salt art for kids.

Step-by-step instructions

First, lay out a tablecloth to catch fresh paint and salt.

Give each child a piece of chalk, paint, water, paintbrush, watercolor, and paper.

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The idea of ​​this project was to create a more abstract type of painting.

If they become obsessed with drawing a specific scene or something too detailed, it loses its whole purpose. For kids who are struggling with “abstract” concepts, just tell them to focus on colors and mix them instead of coming up with a specific theme.

use watercolor

Add color with a brush

It’s all about color and texture.

I suggest they pick about 3 colors from the palette that they think will look great and attract attention, and paint the entire sheet with those colors.

step 1

Explain to a child who is not very familiar with this paint how to add color to make it brighter.

second step

Colors tend to be softer and lighter as you start painting, so let them set for a few minutes and then apply another coat until you get your favorite color.

Step 1-1

They need to understand that there can be too much water, which can soften the color. Therefore, it is best not to abuse the water, but to use it when you need it.

Watercolor and Salt Art for Kids

With salt

Now, as for the salt, you have to wait until there is a little moisture before adding it or it won’t do much.

Step 4

In my class, I find that if I let the kids add their own salt, they go completely overboard.

Step 3

Even with school kids, which I didn’t expect, it was too much, it took over the painting, and it wasn’t great.

Watercolor and salt painting - background

So I let them paint for a few minutes and then I started walking around with salt in hand and when I saw a nice wet spot covered in brightly colored paint I asked if they were ready.

Salt in watercolor art.

Some will wait, some will fight. It works best if you sprinkle it on your palm and give it a pinch.

Add a pinch of salt to the area and sit back and see how it works. You should see the dots appear and start getting bigger. If there is no response, it may not be wet enough.

You can let them add a little water and paint and try again.

Children's Art Project - Watercolor and Salt

If you give them your own salt, I would put 2 salt shakers in there so they can easily share if there are more than 2 kids.

Shaking the salt out of the salt shaker works well when all the paint is soaked; otherwise, a lot of salt may fall off without sticking.

Watercolor and salt ideas for kids.

If you play around a bit and get used to its work, you’ll get a better idea of ​​the textures it creates and how much you want to add to your painting. Sometimes less is more, and it looks good here and there.

Ask them to mix the colors in at least a few places so they’re more consistent and not necessarily “striped.”

Step 5

Another cool way is to add water to the paper first, so that it is already damp, and then add a few drops of paint. This allows the paint to glide perfectly on the paper, but the effect is unmanageable, so be prepared to handle it.

They can also add small shapes or other details to make the painting more interesting, like the swirls I add to my work, but too many will take away the texture and the overall composition.

The final step is to let the paint dry, then tap lightly to shake off excess salt.

painting with watercolor and salt

Cut a heart out of construction paper

To add a heart or other shape to the top, let them choose a color or construction paper, then hand it to them along with scissors.

(I think this is a great secondary lesson: teach them how to cut the heart properly.

Show them how to fold the paper in half and draw in the center of the heart, or just cut it out so they have a nice matching heart when they unfold it. Many kids I teach never do this. )

Cut the heart out of construction paper.

When the paint dries, use a glue stick to glue the heart to it.

The paint needs to dry for the heart to attach, so if they have to leave before then, just send it to them and tell them to stick it later. (Or maybe Daddy is the best!)

Drawing a heart with watercolor and salt - art for children

This is a great Valentine’s Day project!

Simple watercolor and salt painting for kids.

Project contributed by Mary BH of My Little Canvas

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Painting With Watercolors and Salt

Most children are introduced to watercolor painting at a very young age, so they have at least some familiarity with its use.
Whether you’re teaching art to your own kids at home or a larger group of kids, watercolors are likely a staple when it comes to your art supplies.

*this post contains affiliate links*
There are several reasons why I find it such a good medium: It’s easy to use and easy to clean.

It gives kids great practice in painting and learning different types of brushes if you want to introduce that, it’s forgiving – you can water it down to lighten it up or almost wipe it out if you get it wrong, and you can keep on painting. layer to make it more vibrant.

For this project you don’t need too many materials and there are two ways to use the lesson – one would be to add a top layer of construction paper like we did with the hearts, or just have them painted and add the salt without a glued top layer.

I will cover how to do both of these methods.

You will need to decide before teaching it what you would like to do so that you can have the materials you need in advance.

You can also offer them the option and let them decide.

In my classes, I asked each of them to start with the piece of heart, then I told them that after creating one like that, they could do whatever they wanted, and it worked out well. worked.

Watercolor and salt paint
You will need:
watercolor paper for each child, I would suggest at least 2 pieces per
water cups
brushes in a few sizes for every child
plastic disposable tablecloth
blanket or apron for each child
salt – (just regular table salt)
the scissors
construction paper in different colors
pencils
watercolor paintings
glue stick

Step by step instructions
To start, lay the tablecloth down to catch the fresh paint and salt.
Give each child a crayon, paint, water, brushes and watercolors, and paper.

The idea with this project is to create more of an abstract type of painting.
If they get caught in painting a specific scene or something too detailed, it will completely take away the purpose of it. For kids who struggle with the concept of “abstract,” just tell them to focus on the colors and mix them, and not think of it as creating a specific subject.
Use watercolors

It’s all about color and texture.
I suggested that they choose about 3 of their favorite colors from the palette that they think would look great together and are eye-catching, and then paint the whole sheet of paper in those colors.

Explain to children who are not as familiar with this type of paint how to increase the color to make it brighter.

When you start painting, the colors often come out more pastel and lighter, so let them soak for a few minutes and add another coat until you get the color you like best.

They need to understand that the water can be too much and this will soften the color. It is therefore better not to overuse the water, but to use it when you need it.

Add salt
Now, as for the salt, you have to wait until there is a bit of moisture to add it, otherwise it won’t have much effect.

In my classes, I found that if I allowed children to add their own salt, they were going completely overboard.

Even with college age kids, which I didn’t expect, it was way too much, and it took over the paintings and not in a good way.

So I had them paint for a few minutes and then I started walking around with the salt in my hand and when I saw a good wet area covered in paint in a nice bright color I asked them s they were ready for it.

Some would wait, others would go for it. If you sprinkle it in the palm of your hand and take a pinch, it works best.
Add the full pinch of salt to the area, then sit back and watch it work. You should see dots appear and start to get a little bigger. If there is no reaction, it is probably not moist enough.
You can ask them to add some more water and paint and try again.

If you give them the salt themselves, I would put in 2 shakers, so they can easily share them if there are more than two children.
Shaking the salt out of the shaker works well if all the paint is nice and wet, otherwise a good deal of the salt will probably fall out and not stick.

Once they play with it a bit and get used to seeing it work, they will better understand the texture it creates and how much they want to add to the paint. Sometimes less is more and it just looks good here and there.
Have them blend the colors in at least a few places to make them more consistent and not necessarily “streaky.”

Another cool way to do this is to first add water to the paper so it’s already wet, then add drops of paint. This will allow the paint to work through the paper neatly, but it’s not easy to control the result, so they need to be prepared to deal with that.
They can also add small shapes or other details to make the painting more interesting, like the swirls I added on mine, but too much will take away from the overall piece and texture.
The last step is to let the paint dry, then tap it lightly to shake off the excess salt.

Cut heart from construction paper
To add the heart or any other shape on top – Let them choose a color or construction paper and give it to them, along with a pair of scissors.
(I found this to be a great secondary lesson – teach them how to cut out a heart properly.
Show them how to fold the paper in half and draw on half the heart or just cut it out so they have a cute heart to match when they unfold it. Many children I taught had never done this.)

When the paint is dry, use a glue stick to stick on the heart.
The paint needs to be dry to attach the heart, so if they have to leave before that happens, just send it with them and tell them to stick it on later. (Or say the parent is probably the best!)

This makes a great project for Valentine’s Day!

Project contributed by Mary BH of My Little Canvas
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