Art Activity: Raised Salt Paintings

Raised Salt Art Activity

This is a great, easy and colourful art project from that most families can do with supplies that are easy to find or often at home that also demonstrates the scientific powers of absorption and capillary action. The basics are copied here, but visit for a full tutorial video.


  • Card stock* 
  • Squeeze bottle of glue (such as Elmer’s) or liquid white glue and popsicle sticks 
  • Table salt 
  • Liquid watercolors** 
  • Paint brushes (q-tips in a pinch) or Droppers 
  • Newspaper (to lay down underneath your art so the table doesn’t get too messy) 

*Any sturdy art surface will do. card stock, poster board, cardboard, watercolor paper, paper plates, and foam core. Hint: Black backgrounds make this art really POP! 

**Liquid watercolors are great for this activity. If you don’t have any, you can make your own by watering down food coloring. 


1.) Squeeze glue designs or pictures onto your card stock 

2.) Sprinkle with salt until the glue is completely covered. Tip, to let extra salt fall away. 

3.) Dip your paint brush into liquid watercolor paint/food colouring then gently touch to the salt-covered glue lines. Watch the paint “magically” travel in both directions! 

If you like, you can use a dropper or pipette instead of a paint brush to add your watercolor paint. This can add a bit too much paint at a time, but I know that many people like this method. 

4.) Let dry thoroughly. This may take a day or two. 

5) Hang up your beautiful masterpiece once dry! 

*All recipes / projects presented on are tested by our Staff and we hope you are inspired to create them.  WDCC and Camp Waterdown is not responsible for the outcome of any recipe / project you try from our website or any resulting damage or injury to your person or property.  We make no claims as to the suitability, safety or toxicity of our projects. All such activities with children should be supervised by adults, and caution needs to be exercised when using small objects with children 3 years and under. Please use at your own risk and with reasonable cautions. ×

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