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Gorgeous shimmery crystallizing paints that you can make with items found in a grocery store.  A new paint recipe from Fun at Home with Kids

Last May, S and I were on a serious watercolor kick.  (OK, we still might be)  We started things off with our Fizzing Watercolors and then moved on to the traditional salt and watercolors activity.  I had seen these gorgeous salt watercolors from my friend Amber (check them out here) and I loved how she used different types of salt.  So we decided to try that ourselves.  Here's little 3 year old S creating a watercolor masterpiece.

Gorgeous shimmery crystallizing paints that you can make with items found in a grocery store.  A new paint recipe from Fun at Home with Kids

I gave S a cup of Epsom Salts and a cup of table salt.  I also gave her a spray bottle.  Most of our art pieces turned out like Amber's.  SUPER beautiful.  But one, where S had reallllly gone to town with the spray bottle, did this amazing thing:

Gorgeous shimmery crystallizing paints that you can make with items found in a grocery store.  A new paint recipe from Fun at Home with Kids

So I made a note to work on a recipe for recreating those beautiful watercolor crystals....and it's somehow taken me until now to get to it and get the ratios perfect.  This paint is seriously SO COOL.  My camera does not do it justice.  I implore you to try it because it is just not to be missed.  I tried to angle the paper correctly to catch some of the shimmering crystally gorgeousness...

Gorgeous shimmery crystallizing paints that you can make with items found in a grocery store.  A new paint recipe from Fun at Home with Kids

A close up - mind you, these are way more beautiful in person.  WAY.

Gorgeous shimmery crystallizing paints that you can make with items found in a grocery store.  A new paint recipe from Fun at Home with Kids

S and I are now completely obsessed with these paints.  We've (both!) been creating tons of shimmery art - our whole dining room table was covered with our crystallized art the other day.

Gorgeous shimmery crystallizing paints that you can make with items found in a grocery store.  A new paint recipe from Fun at Home with Kids

Here's a shot of one of S's - she made a lake out of blue Crystallizing Watercolors and it looks like a beautiful frozen winter lake in person.  It is beyond cool.

Gorgeous shimmery crystallizing paints that you can make with items found in a grocery store.  A new paint recipe from Fun at Home with Kids
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To make your own Crystallizing Watercolors, you will need:

Epsom Salt (usually found inexpensively at a grocery or drugstore)
Water
Liquid Watercolors (or food coloring)

In a glass or some other container you can swirl/shake, add 1/2 Tablespoon of Epsom Salts, 1/2 Tablespoon of water, a pinch (roughly 1/8th of a teaspoon) of table salt and liquid watercolors/food coloring to your desired shade.  Swirl the mixture gently for 2 minutes.  I used a muffin tin from the Dollar Tree we use for paints and I gently swished it back and forth (this was awesome because I mixed all the colors all at the same time).  Nearly all of your Epsom Salts should be dissolved (if a few grains are left, that's OK).  If you still see a ton of salt, swirl/swish for another 2 minutes.  Then paint as usual.  The thinner layers of paint will crystallize in around 2 hours.  They make a shiny shimmery finish.  If you want to have some larger crystals, you need to add lots of paint (because they are watercolors, this means that your paper will be quite wet).  The larger crystals take up to 24 hours to completely form.

We think this paint is amazing and we really hope you try it!!!

Gorgeous shimmery crystallizing paints that you can make with items found in a grocery store.  A new paint recipe from Fun at Home with Kids

Epsom salts are really nifty things - here are some other projects to try with them:

Epsom Salt Painting from Blog Me Mom

Overnight Crystal Garden from Babble Dabble Do

Rainbow Lemon Eruptions from Blog Me Mom

Crystal Suncatcher Craft from Babble Dabble Do


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  1. Absolutely gorgeous! I can't wait to try this!!! I mean "we." :)

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    1. Hahahaha! Yes, this is definitely one paint I used as much as S! I hope you both love it!

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  2. These are gorgeous! Pinned and I can't wait to try it for ourselves! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Emma! I hope you guys love them!!!!

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  3. Amazing! They are so beautiful, thanks for sharing your secret!

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  4. I'm so glad you guys tried this! I still love this art, and the results seriously are framable, so pretty. Thanks for the shout out too Asia! :)

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    1. Totally agree! And that photo of yours is SO stunning. Everyone should look at that. Thank YOU for the inspiration! :)

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  5. Brilliant! I have recently discovered the magic of epsom salt too! Can't wait to try this one!

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    1. Yay! They really are so neat, right? Anything that forms crystals and is less than $3 is a win in my book. ;)

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  6. We just tried this two days in a row (yay snow days) and they came out so cool! Thanks for sharing the recipe. On the 2nd day I made a big batch of the salt water and then rationed out portions into an ice cube tray and added color. It was much easier to mix the salt this way (I used a salad dressing mixing bottle so it shook up very fast). The finished masterpieces are waiting to be matted and framed - I love it!

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    1. Hooray!!!! I'm so glad you tried it - SO much prettier in person, right? Love the idea of making one big batch of salt water - so smart!!!

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  7. I am SOO excited to have found this new recipe! We will try it this weekend!

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  8. Beautiful! Do you think this would this work on a canvas or just on the paper? Being able to paint onto a large canvas would make a great collaborative work for our preschool classrooms!

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    1. I think it would - though I suspect over time the crystals may flake off (like over a period of months). Other than that I think it would make for a gorgeous collaborative art project! If you do it, I would love to see a photo!!! :)

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    2. I wonder if you could spray with an acrylic sealer spray?

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    3. Ooh, good idea! I guess the only problem might be if there was enough moisture in the spray to dissolve the crystals...it doesn't seem like there would be, but I have no idea! If you try it and it works, let us know!

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  9. I knew you'd share a brilliant watercolor idea on my FB wall, Asia. LOVE IT! ~Sheryl

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    1. Thank you so much, Sheryl! I'm so glad you love it!!! :) :) :)

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  10. This was SO COOL!!!! Thanks so much for this awesome info. My son made mini cards or his grandmas for Mother's Day and they look great! And I agree mom wants to make some now!!!! Thanks!

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    1. YAY! I'm so glad you guys tried it and loved it!!!! :) :) :) (And yes, you must! SO fun!!!) :)

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  11. I can't wait to give it a try! I'll be sharing this on The Crafty Crow soon!

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