Monday, January 31, 2011

Absorbing Art

We love to do kitchen crafts at our house.  I found this little project over at Family Fun and decided we'd give it a try.  So glad we did. 

Here's what you'll need:
Card stock
Rimmed baking sheet
White glue
Salt (lots of it)
Colored water (1 tablespoon of water to every five drops of food coloring)
Eye dropper

First you'll want to get your colored water ready.  We used blue, red and green.

Next, place your paper on the baking tray (this is just to keep things clean) and draw your design on with the glue.  Then cover all that glue with lots and lots of salt. Make sure it's good and covered, then shake of the excess into the sink or trash.

Now use your dropper to add some color to your picture.  Drop the colors along your design one drop at a time and watch as the color is absorbed by the salt and spreads along the lines. 

Be sure to be watching when colors reach intersecting lines.

So much fun!


  1. Fun! It's supposed to be freezing this week... We'll have to try this!

  2. Isn't this an amazing craft?? I JUST finished typing my tutorial up on it for tomorrow's tutorial post!!

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  3. Definitely trying! Thanks for sharing! Kerri

  4. What an aweosme project! My kids will love this. I added it to my tumblr page: Thanks!

  5. Hi there! I just stumbled upon your blog and I am very excited about it. I have a 2 year old and some of your projects are going to be awesome... like this one... she and I will have a blast with this. Can't wait to explore your blog some more! :D

  6. I just did this activity with my four year old. It was perfect for working on his fine motor skills and he loved it!