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Winter Watercolor and Crayon Resist with Salt Magic

by Susan at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds


This art project is perfect for kids (and parents!) of all ages. Not only is it a ton of fun, but the final results are pretty impressive. This is what you might call a “process” project. Kids will learn about resist and some of the unique properties of watercolor paints and salt. This is great to do with a group, whether with your homeschool co-op, afterschool group, or even your family.

Watch the video tutorial here: https://youtu.be/eLPakfsulco


About 1/2 hour or so hands-on

Note: You will need to wait until it is completely dry before you can brush off the salt and reveal the final painting. That may take an hour or two, or it may take a day (depending upon how wet your paintings are and the relative humidity). If you are in a super hurry, you might carefully dry them with a blow dryer on a low setting.

Supply List:

  • Crayons (regular or beeswax both work)
  • Watercolor Paper (140lb. recommended)
  • Watercolor Paints (any brand WILL work, Prang was used for the video, Crayola is another good choice)
  • Watercolor Wash Brush (3/4” wide or wider)
  • Small Sponge (optional)
  • Salt (coarse sea salt, table salt, Kosher salt, or a combination will all work)
  • 2 Water Bowls or Cups (one clean, one for cleaning your brush)
  • Paper Towel
  • Something to Protect Your Worksurface