Monday, January 28, 2013

Frosted Winter Paintings

It's been a dreary day in this part of Nebraska.  We had freezing rain and fog for a good portion of the weekend and today the fog decided to hang around.  The children are restless and everyone is in a funk.   Painting is always a good activity for us to salvage a ho-hum kind of day. 

I thought it would be fun to "frost" winter pictures for us to take home.  This is a fun activity, because the children can watch the salt crystals dissolve, paint their scene, and watch the crystals reappear etched on their drawing.  You can easily adapt this activity for a lot of themes-  winter, frost, crystals, evaporation, and more!  It's cheap, educational, and fun!


To make your frosted pictures, you will need:
  • colored construction paper
  • salt-  Epsom or table
  • hot water
  • paintbrushes
  • permanent marker or crayons

Here is how you paint like Jack Frost:

  • In a bowl, dissolve equal parts of salt and hot water.  Stir well.
  • On your colored construction paper, draw a winter scene.  Snowmen, trees, birds, houses, etc. 

  • Take your paintbrush and swirl it in the salt water.  Apply the liquid to the paper and paint over your scene.  If you want more "snow" try to get a little salt on the brush.  For more of a "crystallized" look use more of the water.
  • Finally, let the painting dry.  Watch the salt reappear and leave frost across your artwork!




What did you make today?


10 comments:

Poetry said...

May I please use this in my blog as an illustration to one of my winter poems for children ?

Yours,
Mari Falcsik, a Hungarian poetess from Budapest

http://hu.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falcsik_Mari
falcsikmari.blog.com

Plain Graces said...

Yes! Thank you for asking.

I would ask that you please include a link or mention the source. When you are published let me know and I will link up so you get some more exposure.

Thanks! This is exciting. Best of luck!

Can't wait to see this. Let me know if you need anything else.

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