Today we have 2 easy art activities using colored salt. I love using salt for crafts and activities because it is inexpensive, taste safe, and causes some really cool things to happen. For example, our Colored Salt Painting took on several appearances while we were making it, until it finally dried into a colorful textured work of art.
Colored Salt Paintings
My daughter loved sprinkling salt and watching the colors run into each other. Once we ran out of prepared salt, she requested more because she was having so much fun. When her Salt Art dried she kept running her fingers across her art because it felt so interesting. You can see in the pictures all the different textures. What happens is the water causes the salt to dissolve and spread across the paper. As the water evaporates, the salt crystallizes again on the paper.
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Gel food coloring (Affiliate Link)
Thick craft paper
Clear finishing spray (Optional)
To prep the activity: In a small bowl, mix salt and gel food coloring together with a spoon until all the salt is coated.
Method 1: Use the paintbrush to coat the paper with water then use the spoons to sprinkle the paper with colored salt. Let it dry and brush off the excess salt, or use finishing spray to adhere it to the paper. I brushed most of the excess salt off.
Method 2: Use the spoons to sprinkle the paper with colored salt. Then use the spray bottle to wet the salt and the paper. Again, let it dry and brush off the excess salt, or use finishing spray to adhere it to the paper. I brushed most of the excess salt off.