The Family

The Family

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Painting with Salt

Last week we discovered something new: adding salt to a painting.

The technique works only with watercolors, and we've experimented with it a few times attempting to get it right.

Our first attempt occurred while doing our abstract painting of Humpty-Dumpty.

We didn't quite get the effect we hoped to see, and I was thinking it was because I rubbed the salt off too quickly. There should be splotchy patches in the places where the salt adheres to the paint.

Yesterday was a second attempt with our snowmen portraits. We were going for the effect of the paint looking like snow, but since the kids wanted to paint the background the color of their choice, not so sure this attempt could be considered a success either. I left the salt on overnight and did notice more of the appearance of the splotches, though they aren't visible in these pictures.

Today was the third attempt. Not trying for effect. The kids just love throwing salt onto their paintings. Maybe that was what we were seeking all along!

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