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Salt Watercolor Weaving

Lesson Plan and Artwork by Nadine Dresbach, Sax Art Consultant
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Lesson Plan
Grades 4-6
Art, Sax Lesson Plans


This project combines the use of washable watercolors and table salt to create the visual textures of fabric in a paper weaving. Few materials are required, cleanup is minimal, and the project is complete within a few days.


  • Students will review elements and principles of design that apply to this project - such as color, value, texture and pattern.
  • Students will gain knowledge in this specific medium and explore a variety of uses for these materials.
  • Students will gain color-mixing skills.
  • Students will build visual skills and dexterity through weaving.

Supplies Needed

Prang® Semi-moist Washable Oval Watercolors, 8 Oval Pan
Sax® Economy Watercolor Paper, 50-Sheet Pkg., 18" x 24"
Canson® Lightweight Watercolor Pad, 9" x 12", 90 lb., 15 Sheets
Plastic Handled Stubby Brushes, Set of 30
Table salt (shakers are recommended for even coverage)


Content Standard #1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques and processes.
Content Standard #2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions.


Adjust quantities and add all items at once


Step 1

Slightly moisten your watercolor paper using a large brush or clean sponge.

Step 2

Apply one color of watercolor to entire page. This can be a color you have pre-mixed.

Step 3

While the page is still wet, sprinkle the entire page with table salt and allow to dry completely.

Step 4

Repeat steps, 1 through 3, three more times using different colors.

Step 5

When all the sheets are dry, turn them over and mark and cut them into 1/2" strips.

Step 6

Select one or two colors to lay out as your vertical strips.

Step 7

Arrange the other colors in a pattern before you weave them.

Step 8

Weave horizontal colors into vertical. (Hint: it works best to start in the center and weave out to both sides.)

Step 9

Excess on the edges may be trimmed off or left in place.

Step 10

To secure pieces, a small drop of glue may be placed under some, or all, of the tabs on the edges.

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