Raised Salt Fall Kids' Artwork

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September 11, 2018

Raised Salt Fall Kids' Artwork - paint the remaining squares with brown and orange and allow to dryLately I have started using food colorings with the kids in my art class, as it is more cost effective and adds bolder colors to the end product. Combining food colorings with salt and glue offers a great technique for kids to explore their own creativity.


Total Time: 20 mniutes, drying time excluded

Yield: one raised salt artwork


  • A4 sized white cardstock
  • squeeze bottle of wood glue
  • table salt
  • food colorings: red, brown and yellow
  • Staedtler 12-color watercolor set
  • Pigma Micron 08 black pen
  • 2 in high leaf stencil
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • paintbrush
  • three small plastic bowls
  • optional: standard scissors


  1. Draw a frame of squares around the cardstock. Note: I drew 1cm x 1cm squares, so I had to cut off a bit of cardstock that remained on two sides.
  2. Raised Salt Fall Kids' Artwork - draw a frame of squares around the piece of cardstock
    Raised Salt Fall Kids' Artwork - trim to size
  3. Use the leaf stencil to trace leaves on to the cardstock.
  4. Raised Salt Fall Kids' Artwork - trace leaves using the stencil
  5. Trace the pencil lines of the leaves with glue.
  6. Raised Salt Fall Kids' Artwork - trace the pencil lines with glue

  7. Sprinkle salt over the glue, using enough salt so that the glue will be thoroughly covered, and shake off any excess salt. Tip: Work in a tray, as this step can become very messy!
  8. Raised Salt Fall Kids' Artwork - sprinkle the glue lines with enough salt to cover, shake off excess
    Raised Salt Fall Kids' Artwork - salt removed
  9. Add food colorings to the plastic bowls, each color to its own bowl. Add one or two drops of water to each food coloring - the amount of water used will have an effect of the depth of color you will see when painting. Dip the paint brush into a food coloring and gently touch the salt covered glue lines, allowing the colors to interflow.
  10. Raised Salt Fall Kids' Artwork - add food colors to separate bowls with a bit of water, touch brush loaded with color to glue lines and allow to mingle

  11. Use the yellow ochre from the watercolor set to paint every second square.
  12. Raised Salt Fall Kids' Artwork - paint every other square with yellow ochre
  13. Use the black pen to add veins to the leaves.
  14. Raised Salt Fall Kids' Artwork - add veins to leaves with black pen
  15. Paint the remaining blocks of the frame with the brown and orange from the watercolor set. Allow to dry - and voila!
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