As I get ready to welcome a new baby in the next couple of weeks, we will be featuring some guest entries by friends of Happy Hedgehog Post. Today Courtney and Silas from A Life Sustained share their beautiful watercolor salt painting tutorial.
Holidays, travel, and polar vortices have kept me from posting about our past two weeks of dabbling with an open-ended preschool winter curriculum, but I assure you that Silas makes sure that not a day goes by without us having Circle Time, doing a little yoga, and working on an activity.
We ended up doing our Snowflake Circle Time for two weeks, due to Christmas falling in the middle of one of them. This week we moved on to “Winter Animals,” which has been a lot of fun for us both. Prior to that, though, we did our first dabbling in wet-on-wet watercolor painting as our open-ended snowflake art project.
One day we’ll invest in a beautiful Waldorf painting board and paint holders and brushes, but for now, we’re just using what we have on hand. We soaked a sheet of watercolor paper in water, laid it out on a large plastic cutting board and used a sponge to gently wipe up the excess water.
We only used two colors, blue and purple, and I taught Silas a little rhyme to remember to dip his brush in water to clean it before dipping it into the color. He wade big, sweeping strokes and seemed to enjoy puddling the paint up and watching it spread on the wet paper.
Then came the magical snowflake part. While the paint was still wet, he sprinkled on kosher salt “snow crystals.”
We let it dry overnight and then, using a brush and his hands, he brushed off all the salt (he pretended he was a snowplow) and we were left with a beautiful, textured finish.