There’s a very cool image making the rounds on Pinterest, from a blog called Chalk In My Pocket. It’s made using watercolour paint, glue and salt, and involves squirting, painting and sprinkling with the kind of freedom that kids love. It also makes you want to try it out yourself. While I’ve explored salt paintings before, adding glue, which acts as a resist, creates wonderful texture. And isolating small areas by cutting out shapes, opens up all sorts of possibilities.
- watercolour paper
- watercolour paints
- paint brushes
- Elmers Clear or Blue School Glue Gel
- circle punch
I was unable to track down Elmer’s Blue School Gel locally, so I settled for the clear one. I’m not sure if the blue one reacts differently with the paint, or simply acts as a barrier like this clear one, but either way, wonderful textures are created. Whether you use pan, tube, or liquid watercolour paints, remember to vary the intensity of the colour for more interesting results.
1. Drizzle and squirt some glue onto a sheet of watercolour paper. Allow to dry overnight.
2. Paint over the dried glue with watercolour paints. Sprinkle salt on sections of the painting while it is still wet. Once it dries, you’ll notice how the salt absorbs the surrounding water and pushes the pigment away, leaving behind a white, speckled effect.
3. Once the paint has dried, use a cloth or dry sponge to gently remove the salt. Notice all the great textures that have been created.
4. Using a circle punch, cut out as many circles as you can. We used a one inch punch, but any size will work. Hang on to them for next week’s project!