Paint & Print

Painting and printing are great activities for creative development and fine motor skills. Here's some inspiration for your next painting activity!

Salt Painting Artwork

Combine glue and salt to provide a wonderful raised and textured surface, perfect for adding watercolour paints; watch as the watercolour paints run and mix along the surface! Whether creating abstract artworks or planning out a specific design, Salt Painting is a fun and colourful activity perfect for all ages.

Please note: You will also need salt to complete this activity.

  • Step 1Take a black sheet of cardboard and use PVA glue to ‘draw’ a pattern or image. Darker coloured cardboard works best to ensure a nice contrast when we add colours later.
  • Step 2Sprinkle salt all over your design, making sure you cover the glue completely. If there are gaps in the salt, the paint won’t run into that area. Once covered, carefully tip the cardboard up to remove the excess salt.
  • Have a container or scrap piece of paper handy to catch the excess salt and make this part less messy!
  • Step 3Load your paint brush up with water. Take your watercolour palette and choose your first colour. Load up as much pigment on the brush as you can before gently dabbing it onto the salt surface. You will see the paint run along the salt, either side of where you dabbed the brush. Continue to add colours to the salt, making sure you clean your brush between colours.
  • This activity is great for exploring colour mixing. Encourage children to place primary colours next to each other and watch to see what happens where they meet!
  • Step 4Continue adding watercolour until you are happy with your design. Once you have completely covered the salt with watercolours, allow the glue to completely dry (this can take a day or so depending on how thick the glue is). Your Salt Painting Artwork is ready to display!

Materials used in this activity

CleverPatch Junior PVA Glue - 250ml
Product Code: 10364
EACH $5.49 (inc GST) $4.99 (ex GST)
36 or more $3.84 (inc GST) $3.49 (ex GST)          
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CleverPatch Cardboard - Black - A4 - Pack of 100
Product Code: 16292
EACH $21.99 (inc GST) $19.99 (ex GST)
4 or more $16.49 (inc GST) $14.99 (ex GST)          
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CleverPatch Watercolour Palette - 12 Well
Product Code: 17274
EACH $10.99 (inc GST) $9.99 (ex GST)
10 to 19 $9.89 (inc GST) $8.99 (ex GST) 20 or more $8.24 (inc GST) $7.49 (ex GST)
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