Absorbing Artwork

My boys are always looking for art projects.

I think they are under the assumption that the more cutting and gluing and mess making, the more “arty” the project.

I am not keen on cleaning up huge art messes, so this project was easy and not so messy!  Also, it uses a medicine dropper or eye dropper, which my kids seemed to love using…who knew?


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a few medicine droppers
  • colored water…I used about 1/2 cup water to 6 or 7 drops of food coloring.  Use however many colors you want.
  • Card stock paper..I used scrapbooking paper.
  • White glue
  • Salt about 1/2 cup, depending on how many projects you are making.

I colored the water with some standard food coloring and set it on the tables in bowls:

Then have your kiddo make a design on their paper.  The more intersections of the glue, the better the effect will be.

Then have them sprinkle salt all over the wet glue…

It will need to be coated well.

Carefully dump the excess salt into the garbage.  Then using the medicine droppers have them carefully squeeze a drop of liquid onto the salt.  One drop at a time.

You will see the color being absorbed into the salt and spread.  It was fun to watch it spread in different directions at the glue intersections.  Continue dropping with different colors until they are done.  The colors also blend together, which looks cool.

Let the art dry for an hour or so and again tap off the excess salt.

Fun and cute…err..I mean cool.  My boys do not like cute.

I found this idea over at Family Fun

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  1. 1
    christine morgan- barnhart says:

    very neat, must try this!!

  2. 2

    What a fabulous idea! I’m always on the lookout for “cool” indoor projects, now that the weather is cooling down. Thanks for sharing!

  3. 3
    leanor says:

    Great idea. Thank you for sharing~

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    Asiya says:

    I love this idea!!! My son will love it…he hates messy arts and crafts. Thx for sharing!

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