Salt Watercolor Weaving
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.
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.
THINGS YOU'LL NEED
Slightly moisten your watercolor paper using a large brush or clean sponge.
Apply one color of watercolor to entire page. This can be a color you have pre-mixed.
While the page is still wet, sprinkle the entire page with table salt and allow to dry completely.
Repeat steps, 1 through 3, three more times using different colors.
When all the sheets are dry, turn them over and mark and cut them into 1/2" strips.
Select one or two colors to lay out as your vertical strips.
Arrange the other colors in a pattern before you weave them.
Weave horizontal colors into vertical. (Hint: it works best to start in the center and weave out to both sides.)
Excess on the edges may be trimmed off or left in place.
To secure pieces, a small drop of glue may be placed under some, or all, of the tabs on the edges.