THE SCIENCE LAB
Make & Do Activity Kit
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Salt crystal watercolour art
Discover why salt naturally absorbs moisture. We use the snowﬂake patterns created by sprinkling salt crystals on watercolour paint to make Christmas cards. They can be used to make all sorts of beautiful art.
Non absorbent paper, dark coloured inks and ﬁne grained salt will make the best snowﬂake effects.
Either draw a shape on your paper or leave it blank to cut out shapes later. Mix up a dark coloured ink. Paint in large strokes over your page.
Quickly sprinkle salt over your paint. Try to scatter salt over all areas of your painted surface. Try to avoid piles of salt as individual grains work best.
You will notice that as the salt is soaked up towards the salt crystals it forms patterns similar to snowﬂakes.
Paint different colours so that you have a variety to choose from. Dark colours will show the effect better. Try stripes of different colours or patterns.
Allow to dry fully then, using a piece of paper or your ﬁngers, scrape off all the salt. This should reveal a snowﬂaked pattern..
Use your patterned paper to create cards and decorations. You will ﬁnd more ideas for your artwork on page 2 and templates you could use on page 3.
thick white paper/card
a pallette or plate
inks or watercolours in dark shades
wide paint brush
a pencil or pen
ﬁne grained salt
What you will need:
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The success of this activity depends upon the paper not being too absorbent. If the paint soaks into the paper too quickly, the salt won’t have time to absorb it and create the snowﬂake effects. Darker paint colours work best as they will show this effect better. Fine grained salt crystals will absorb better than larger grains.