It’s time for some STEAM again!  This time we’re combining crystals and painting.  This was a fun (but messy) project, with some pretty awesome results.

You will need:

  • Water
  • Epsom Salts
  • Table Salt
  • Food Coloring
  • Small bowls or cups for mixing
  • Paint brushes
  • Paper

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The paint is easy to make.  In your bowl or cup, mix 1/2 tablespoon of epsom salts, 1/2 tablespoon of water, a pinch of table salt, and food coloring of your choice.

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Next, stir the mixture well to dissolve as much of the epsom salts and table salt as possible.  You may end up with some of it undissolved, but that’s OK.  I would probably try using warm water to help with the dissolve rate next time.

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Now the fun begins.  Grab your paper and paintbrush, and begin creating your art.

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The trick with this is to make sure you add lots of paint.  Your paper will get a bit soggy, so make sure you have a drying area for them.

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As they dry, you should see crystals beginning to form.  Once the paint is completely dry, you’ll have an awesome work of art covered in multicolored sparkling crystals!

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