How to Make a Salt Painting

It may sound surprising, but the truth is that you can use salt to make a beautiful painting. Making a salt painting can be fun, especially if you do it with your children at home. Apart from being fun, your kids can use salt paintings for display at a school exhibition. Creating a salt painting is an easy task and should not take more than an hour. Here is what you will need if you are planning to make a beautiful salt painting.

Things Required:

– Pastel colours
– Table salt
– Small bowls
– A piece of thick paper
– Lead pencil
– Glue


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    If you do not have a box of pastels at home, buy one from a nearby store. Pastel colours come in all types of shades you will have a wide variety to choose from. More importantly, they are inexpensive which means that you will not have to spend a fortune on something that you may be doing to amuse your children.

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    Pour small quantity of table salt in a number of small plastic bowls. The number of bowls you use depends on the number of shades that you will be using in the salt painting.

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    Now you need to colour the salt in each bowl in a different shade. Simply squeeze out one pastel tube in each bowl. Stir the salt until the pastel colour is uniformly distributed.

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    Find a piece of paper thick enough to support the weight of salt and glue. Since you will be using salt, prefer paper which is not easily waterlogged. With a lead pencil, draw the outline of what you want to depict in the salt painting.

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    To provide a base for the coloured salt to stick on, squeeze a small quantity of glue onto the paper. Do not use too much glue or you will end up with a painting smudged in glue.

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    Finally, fill different coloured salts in appropriate sections of the picture. For instance, it is a tree that you are painting, fill the trunk section with brown salt and use green salt to depict leaves of the tree. Again, use just the right amount of salt because the excess salt will drop off the painting anyways. Let the salt dry completely and give it to your child as a surprise.

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