Salt painting is a fun process art technique for kids (or adults) that uses white glue, salt, and watercolor paints. Try this heart art salt paint project for Valentine’s Day this year!
Heart art salt painting is a fun craft project for Valentine’s day or any time of year. Creating a heart-shaped raised salt painting is a fun and easy process art technique that can be done both at home and in the classroom and is a fun heart art project and painting idea for kids of all ages. Children from toddlers and preschoolers to grade school students and teens (and even adults) will love creating raised salt heart art. Scroll down for the step-by-step directions for this heart-shaped watercolor painting idea.
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Have you ever tried salt painting? All you need to do is dribble white glue on paper, sprinkle salt on top, shake it off, and then paint the salt remaining in the glue with watercolors before the glue dries to create gorgeous raised salt art.
Yes, it’s really that easy! It’s also really fun to watch the colors blend and mix as you create your heart salt painting masterpiece.
Unfortunately, salt painting is all about the process–and it usually doesn’t last very long. The only way to ‘keep’ your raised salt painting is to make a video or take pictures of the process because salt art is difficult if not impossible to preserve.
However, with that said, there is still lots to learn, and it’s loads of fun. And, salt painting is such a satisfying STEAM project–I guarantee your kids will love it!
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Salt Painting Art Supplies
- Printable Heart Templates
- Baking tray
- White glue
- Glass ramekins or small recycled jars (baby food jars work great!)
- Liquid watercolors or watercolor paint pallet
- Paintbrushes or pipettes
- Art apron or smock
- Paper towels (optional)
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Salt Painting Raised Salt Art Tips
Salt painting is a fun process art technique for kids (or adults) that uses white glue, salt, and watercolor paints.
I found working with pipettes helped my daughter develop her fine motor muscles and learn how to hold a paintbrush properly.
It is possible for children, especially toddlers and preschoolers, to use too much paint on their heart artwork with pipettes. Use a paintbrush if your child has a heavy hand.
If you choose to work with liquid watercolors, we found that 2 to 3 color choices create the best heart art. Liquid watercolors are concentrated so it is best to dilute them with 50% to 75% water before using them for salt painting projects like heart art, and it also helps your liquid watercolor paints last longer.
Pipettes also make it easier to play with color mixing while painting because you can pour a lot of paint onto the raised salt and glue in a single squeeze. If your children have never used a pipette before, give them a pipette and a cup of water to play with before offering them as an art supply.
Teach children that a little squeeze of watercolor paint goes a long way before trying this heart art salt painting project with pipettes.
Heart Art Salt Painting Project Step By Step Directions
Step 1 – Draw a Heart or Hearts with White Glue On Cardstock
Download and print any of our printable heart templates onto cardstock and place it on a baking tray. Cardstock is recommended over regular printer paper because salt painting requires thicker paper so it does not fall apart.
Alternatively, use white glue to draw your own heart art directly onto the cardstock. Draw a heart vertically or horizontally, or create multiple hearts with white glue.
The cookie tray will make clean up easy and make it possible to recycle the salt you use for your next salt painting project.
Heart Art Salt Painting Design Ideas
Use white glue to create doodles and designs inside your heart art salt painting in any way that you wish.
Write the word love, or a name, or any other words you want to write inside your heart. Draw little hearts, draw X’s and O’s or whatever else you can think of!
My daughter liked to draw doodles, and asked me to draw hearts and doodles in her third salt paint heart because her hand got tired–lol!
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Step 2 – Sprinkle Salt on Heart Art while the White Glue is Still Wet
Place cardstock with white glue heart art onto a cookie tray. Use a small dish to quickly sprinkle salt to cover all of the white glue a heart or hearts on the cardstock.
Recycle the salt on the cookie sheet to use again to make more salt art hearts, or save it for your next salt painting art project!
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Step 3 – Shake off Excess Salt and Paint Heart Art
Paint the salt covering the glue with liquid watercolors or a watercolor pallet. Use complementary or contrasting watercolors to create gorgeous heart salt art.
Step 4 – Place Heart Painting on a Paper Towel to Dry (optional)
Place your heart saint painting project on an old towel or a paper towel to dry so the colors don’t bleed too much into the cardstock.
Raised salt paintings don’t last that long, and they crack and become a mess in a short time. Creating them is more about the process than the product.
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Primary Color Mixing Heart Art Salt Painting
Another option is to use the primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) and allow your children to play with color mixing heart art. You can see a child painting with the primary colors in the video in the next section below.
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Raised Salt Paint Heart Step by Step Video Tutorial
Only the primary colors (blue, yellow, and red) are used in the video. Notice how the secondary colors (orange, green, and purple) magically appear… It’s mesmerizing!
We have found that pipettes make it easier for children to mix red, yellow and blue to blend the primary colors to make green, purple, and orange. Invite children to play and have fun with the magic of color. This art project is all about the process!
Heart Raised Salt Art Project
Heart art salt painting is a fun project for Valentine’s day or any time of year. You and the kids might also enjoy surprise heart art.
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