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.
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:
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...
A close up - mind you, these are way more beautiful in person. WAY.
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.
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.
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To make your own Crystallizing Watercolors, you will need:
Epsom Salt (usually found inexpensively at a grocery or drugstore)
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!!!
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
Winter Sensory with Pretend Snow from Blog Me Mom
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