Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Painting Snowflakes: Epsom Salts on Black


There was a great piece in the Wall Street Journal this weekend on the photographs of snowflakes taken by Alexey Kljatov, a school assistant in Russia.  So inspiring!  I remembered that we learned how to paint snowflakes with epsom salt while in Montessori training, but I never learned how much salt to mix into the water.  So I experimented!  You can try it, too.  (I've provided a few links below, but honestly I can't even watch youtube videos anymore because we have so many filters on our computer!  Teenagers..........)



Cheap, ubiquitous
I used the Wall Street Journal clipping as a guide.

My first attempts with a more dilute solution actually worked better.

I think I'll make toothpicks available next time, too. 
These can dry quickly in a house with heat on!

Painting with Epsom Salt Paint
How to Make a Snowflake with Epsom Salt

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