Salted Watercolor Mosque {Tutorial}

Today’s Ramadan craft for our 30 day challenge involves mixing glue and salt, with a frosting of watercolor on top.

 

I know, it all sounds very silly, but our house was a house of giggles today as our art project turned into a science project that moves.

 

We started with an outline of a mosque that we drew out in glue and then added a layer of salt.  The fun starts when watercolor is added and it spreads across the salt grains, traveling in waves of color. We were not able to stop with only one card and spent the rest of the afternoon making more designs.

 

Supplies

Watercolor paper or thick cardstock
Paintbrush
Pencil
Watercolors
Salt
Glue

My daughter drew out a simple mosque outline shape with pencil. She also added details such as wavy lines across the dome, swirls around the front and horizontal lines on the minaret.

My daughter went over the pencil lines with glue.

I placed the card in a glass lasagna dish to make clean up of the salt after easier and gave my daughter the shaker.  She made sure every tiny bit of glue was covered.

Now the fun started. I gave her the watercolors and she watched as the magic unfolded.  The paint spreads on it’s own and you only need a tiny bit at the end of the brush.

After she finished the outline of the mosque, she added dotted details on the front wall (to “look like tile” she said) and a crescent moon to the top of the doom.

Lucky for us, we had sunshine today and were able to set our card out to dry for a few hours.  In the meantime, we colored some more, including a khatam, the Arabic word for 8 point star, inspired by our Algeria geometric drawing.

 

If you would like to make more mosque crafts, please stop by our 99 Creative Mosque Projects post.

 

If you enjoyed making this card, be sure to visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see past Ramadan craft tutorials.

 

 

 

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