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Absorbing Artwork Craft

Absorbing Artwork

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

3 years and up

This unusual art-and-science activity uses salt, glue, and food coloring to create colorful 3-D drawings.


  • Card stock
  • Rimmed baking sheet
  • White glue
  • Salt
  • Colored water (see tip below)
  • Eyedropper


Absorbing Artwork Craft Step 1

1. Set the card stock on the baking sheet and have your child use the glue to draw a design on the paper.

Absorbing Artworkd Craft Step 2

2. Sprinkle the wet glue with salt until it's completely covered, then tap off any excess.

3. Have your child use the eyedropper to drip colored water, one drop at a time, onto the salt. As the salt absorbs the liquid, the water will move along the glue lines, resulting in a wonderful web of color. Be sure to watch what happens when the color reaches intersecting lines.


We used 5 drops of neon food coloring per tablespoon of water to create our vibrant hues.