Salt painting is one of those childhood crafts which are totally absorbing, the ones which stick in your mind. I remember very clearly marbling paper in Junior 2 when I was about seven and finger painting when I was in nursery aged three. One of my fondest memories from teaching practice in the early 90s is working with groups of children to produce squares of paste resist batik; watching them as they carefully painted on the vibrant colours and listening to them chatter as they picked the flour paste off the fabric. The crafty moments which stand out for me are not always the ones which have produced a fantastic result but the ones where there has been a stillness and time to observe how each medium behaves, where all the senses come into play and the artist is a part of the piece – salt painting is one of the best.

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For Salt Painting You Will Need:

  • Paper – different background colours have different effects, we went for black and thought it looked fab. He thought this would work well for our firework pictures in November
  • A tray or old newspaper to put your paper on
  • PVA glue with a squeezy top
  • Watered down paint – we used ready mixed poster paint
  • Salt

I put black paper into a tray and he squeezed PVA glue onto it in a random squiggly wiggly pattern

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We covered the glue with salt and then shook off the excess. I poured it into a bowl for further salty pictures.

salt painting

He dripped colours onto the salty glue and watched as they spread. It’s important not to paint the glue but rather to allow the paint to drip off your brush onto the glue and then let it do its thing. He was intrigued to see what happened when the paint reached a fork in the glue road – which fork would it take or would it go both ways? Each time the paint stops spreading reload your brush and drop a bit more onto your picture.

Salt painting

The finished picture looked lovely – each of us sees something different in it.

salt painting

If you’re looking for summer holiday activities you might also like:

Paste Resist Batik

Paper Marbling and Origami Paper Boats

Painted Stones

Pebble and Driftwood Noughts and Crosses

Summer Wand Making

Garden Crafts – Meet the Little Folk

How to Make Pond Jelly

How to Grow Cress Caterpillars

And many more in my Get Crafty back catalogue!







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