Glue Art on Canvas with Liquid Watercolor Paint

Glue Art on Canvas with Watercolors

Glue Art on Canvas with Watercolor Paint

This post contains affiliate links.We’ve been experimenting with various glue effects on canvas with watercolor art.

The first was an accident, really.

The girls and I each made a collage with small items such as buttons, beads, paper butterflies, etc. After the glue was dry, Daphne and I painted our canvases with liquid watercolor paint.

Glue Art and Collage on Canvas

And the glue concentrated the color rather than resisting it.

Glue Art on Paper vs Glue Art on Canvas

In working with glue on paper, I had come to expect glue to act as a resist. But on canvas it was doing the opposite. Why?

When I stopped to think about it, I thought that maybe the nature of the canvas allows the watercolor to travel along the canvas more easily and that it pools under the glue. But when I turned the canvas art over, I could see white spots and lines where the glue was.

I’m not sure why this interesting effect is happening with glue and watercolor on canvas but Daphne and I have been playing around with it.

Glue Art on Canvas with Watercolor Paint

We each made some glue art on canvas.

Note :: We’ve been using stretched canvases (like these, although I bought mine locally). I think it would work on canvas panels as well, but am not completely sure.

Glue Art on Canvas with Watercolor Paint

I made a quick glue sketch of flowers and grasses.

Glue Art on Canvas

Daphne made an abstract glue artwork.

We let our glue art dry.

And then we painted over them with liquid watercolors. And, since I’m low on colors at the moment, I made our own blue and yellow liquid watercolors with watered down food coloring. (Why didn’t I think of doing that before?!)

Glue Art on Canvas with Liquid Watercolor Paint

I painted my canvas, covering the entire area, including glue lines, with liquid watercolor paint. And sprinkled salt in some areas for the beautiful salt effect.

Glue Art on Canvas with Liquid Watercolor Paint

Daphne started painting her canvas but then said she wanted to splatter paint hers. (She and her canvas were immediately transported outside.)

Glue Art on Canvas with Liquid Watercolor Paint

As I painted, and especially as the paint dried, I noticed it doing the same thing—concentrating and darkening the glue lines and glue areas.

The effect is so neat!

I can’t wait to explore this more.

Do you know why the glue seems to concentrate the watercolor paint when used on canvas? If so, please enlighten me!

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Glue Art on Canvas with Watercolor Paint

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90 Comments

  • Reply
    Heather J
    April 24, 2015 at 10:23 am

    This is gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing. That’s so weirdly awesome how it resists on paper but concentrates on canvas. Very neat project! Thanks so much for sharing! This is a weekend project for sure now:)

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      April 26, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Weirdly awesome totally captures it, Heather! :)

      • Reply
        Debbie Anderson
        May 9, 2015 at 12:09 pm

        I just found your website and I’m loving it! I have two grandchildren that love to do arts and crafts. They are 4 and 8 yrs.old. Thank you so much for sharing. Now when the kids come for a visit, I know exactly where to go,(your site) for a special craft day:)

        • Reply
          Joanna
          June 14, 2019 at 3:33 am

          Does the glue on the canvas have ro completwly dry before you can paint over it. Thanks

      • Reply
        jan saunders
        June 22, 2015 at 12:02 pm

        loving your work is there a certain type of glue for your glue art, must try this with my
        granddaughter. x

  • Reply
    Morgan Luka
    April 24, 2015 at 10:49 am

    I just wanted to say thank you. I am a creative person in the kitchen but not with art and crafts. I have 3 children under 5 who love art. Because of your blog, we have been making art and crafts for 2 years. Thank you so much!

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      April 26, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Oh! You’re so, so welcome, Morgan! Thanks for the comment. And I’m so glad you find ideas and inspiration here to share with your kiddos!

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    Sandi Minkel
    April 24, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    I love this!! I am planning a ginormous 85th birthday bash weekend for my mom-in-law that will hopefully include lots of kids, and am taking inspiration from you on crafts to entertain. I am wondering, since cost is such a concern, if this effect could be done on unbleached muslin? Thanks for your consideration, Sandi

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      April 26, 2015 at 8:54 am

      I haven’t tried it on unbleached muslin, Sandi, but if you do it, let me know how it goes!

      Or you could do glue batik!

      https://artfulparent.com/2009/11/glue-batik-is-my-new-favorite-for-fabric-art-fun.html

      If you want to buy canvases, btw, you can use a 40 or 50% off coupon at a big chain craft store to buy a big pack of relatively inexpensive canvases.

      • Reply
        Bonnie Wach
        May 14, 2015 at 5:59 pm

        Unbleached Muslim would have to b coated with gesso. It’s too porous and would give u dame effect from watcolors and glue.

        • Reply
          Bonnie Wach
          May 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm

          Sorry. Unbleached Muslim would not give u same effect since it is too routs. Coat with gesso. Enjoy!

          • christine welsh
            July 1, 2015 at 2:00 am

            I think an unbleached Muslim would not be happy about being splattered with paint. You might end up with a jihad.

            Did you mean muslin?

      • Reply
        DeBorah
        January 6, 2019 at 12:00 am

        If you do this on muslin, use the blue gel glue and pin your muslin down tightly before you start or the glue will pull and pucker the fabric.

  • Reply
    Crystal Bissonnette
    April 24, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    I love this!! My son loves painting (he’s 4). This is a perfect project!!! Thank you!
    I pinned & Tweeted too!

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      April 26, 2015 at 8:55 am

      You’re welcome, Crystal! Hope you and your son enjoy this!

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    April 25, 2015 at 4:32 am

    This is such an awesome effect, looks beautiful!
    Haha I laughed about the comment when Daphne said she wanted to splatter paint!

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    Nicole
    April 25, 2015 at 11:27 am

    My guess is it gets darker by osmosis. Paper has open fibers that wicks the water too quickly for the pigment to transfer into it, while store bought canvases (or ones that have been gessoed) are treated so the paint sits on the surface rather than soaking into the fabric. Maybe on canvas the pigment has more time to pass into the glue through osmosis. Interesting science experiment!

  • Reply
    Samanta Palomino
    April 25, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    I love Daphne’s piece. It’s absolutely beautiful! She knew how far to go and when to stop. Good intuition. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    mya
    April 25, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    These are just beautiful. Do you know where a mom could find inexpensive canvases?

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      April 26, 2015 at 8:57 am

      You can use a 40 or 50% off coupon at a big chain craft store such as AC Moore, Michaels, Joanns etc to buy canvases. Most of those stores have coupon apps for your phone, too.

  • Reply
    Nancy
    April 25, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    I’m so glad I saw this! I’m am currently working on a piece of glue art. I love what you and your daughter did!

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      April 26, 2015 at 8:58 am

      What kind of glue art are you working on, Nancy?

  • Reply
    Barbara
    April 26, 2015 at 12:04 am

    love the looks of these! Curious! Will try! Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply
    Kathy Kohout
    April 26, 2015 at 12:29 am

    Looks like a lot of fun. Can’t wait to try this.

  • Reply
    Ann ~ Little Worlds
    April 26, 2015 at 4:48 am

    What a great technique! My daughter and I love painting and making collages on canvas because it immediately looks like we’re professionals :). (Bit hard to store all that canvas though!) I’m looking forward to playing around with glue and different kinds of paints now. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply
    Ana
    April 26, 2015 at 8:33 am

    This is stunningly beautiful! Thanks for sharing this technique!

  • Reply
    Elise @ Creative Play Central
    April 27, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Such a gorgeous happy accidental discovery and one I’m keen to try with my children. Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring.

  • Reply
    Jill Britt
    April 27, 2015 at 11:17 am

    It’s because the canvas has been treated. The glue is more porous than the surface of the canvas. Glue..such as Elmer’s are water based. It makes it easier to clean in case of a mess. The pigment latches onto the glue..this the effect you are getting. ∩__∩

  • Reply
    Vynette
    April 27, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Would this work with watered down acrylic craft paint from the craft store?

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      May 3, 2015 at 6:30 am

      Not sure, Vynette. If you try it, will you let me know how it goes?

  • Reply
    Kristin S.
    April 28, 2015 at 11:54 am

    You mentioned you used salt?! You just literally dropped a bit of salt on the canvas? And it did what…give a splattered look? Thanks

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      May 3, 2015 at 6:30 am

      Yes, Kristin. It’s a watercolor technique that we really like. Sprinkle the salt on the still-wet watercolor areas and the salt crystals will absorb the water (and color) creating an interesting mottled effect. Try it! We usually do it with watercolor art on paper but tried it on canvas this time.

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    Jocelyn
    April 28, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    The watercolor took much longer to absorb on the canvas panel. The color stillconcentrated under the glue, but the painting took on a much more textured, abstract look.

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      May 3, 2015 at 6:27 am

      Oh, interesting, Jocelyn! I’ll have to give it a try!

  • Reply
    Joanna
    April 29, 2015 at 12:16 am

    Oh – this is beautiful! I’m are definitively going to have to do this with my kiddos! Thanks for sharing it!

  • Reply
    danena
    April 29, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Hi I would say that the weight of the glue causes the wet paint to pool. You can also do it by indenting your finger so the colours intermix. What fun

  • Reply
    Krista
    May 3, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    I am wondering if it’s because you used school glue which is water based??? Maybe give the original glue a try. They turned out beautiful!

  • Reply
    Tiffany
    May 7, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Thanks so much for this idea! We’re doing it on tiny 4×4 canvases for mother’s day gifts for the grandmothers!!! I’m soooo excited to see how they turn out!

  • Reply
    Anu
    May 8, 2015 at 8:52 am

    This is so brilliant! Would love to try this out! Thanks so much :)
    About the glue concentrating the watercolor.. Not sure about the chemistry behind these things.. But I think its water vs oil. My guess is that glue contains oils of some kind that keep out watercolor.. And the canvas probably soaks up that oil and allows the watercolor to concentrate in the glue. You probably don’t see this happening on paper cos paper wont soak up all the oil.

  • Reply
    Sarah T
    May 8, 2015 at 9:17 am

    I love your thoughts. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply
    barbara radovich
    May 8, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Cant wait to try this. Im nannying 3 boys this summmer this will make a fun craft! Do you use paint brushes to put paint on?

  • Reply
    vanessa
    May 11, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Such a cool effect. How long does it take the glue to dry to be ready to paint ?

    Vanessa

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    bethany
    May 14, 2015 at 11:56 am

    I’m working on trying this out.. but I can’t free style. I drew on a canvas with pencil what I want to outline with glue.. should I try to erase it/make the outline as light as possible, or should the glue/paint cover it so it’s out of sight? What do you think?

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    Michelle Marttila
    May 15, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Hi Jean! A friend shared your beautiful glue art with me….love it!!! I tried to read through all the comments to see what transpired with the paint concentrating with the glue on canvas and not the paper. Without having all the details…looks like the food coloring (which is a dye) made it possible for the color to go deeper into the glue. Dyes absorb while paint adds color (that may or may not bind to things). I’d say your ingenuity turned out to be a happy creation!!! Thanks for sharing this great idea! :)

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    Moe
    June 22, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    do you peel the glue off after it is all said and done or leave it alone???

    • Reply
      janelle
      October 4, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      Leave it alone, but you could try peel it off and see how it looks I think it’ll look neat.

  • Reply
    Jan
    June 23, 2015 at 12:05 am

    im curious if you applied all colours right away or let them dry between colors?? Thanks

  • Reply
    Helen Kilburn
    June 23, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Hi, Jean! I am an artist who also teaches at our local art museum: Amarillo Museum of Art, and I teach Watercolor and other art/music classes at Amarillo College. I have actually done this with classes of children at our art museum – in summer art camps and also weekly classes. I have personally done this with watercolor paper and canvas. The canvas causes the color to concentrate around and in the glue because there is no where for the colored water to flow. On watercolor paper, the color soaks into the paper, and does not concentrate IN the glue. I also painted with watercolors on lots of big canvas while I was working on my MFA in college and used all sorts of stuff with the watercolors and glue. You have done a marvelous job, and I am sharing your projects with others on my Facebook! Hope this helped answer your question!!! If you have other questions about the glue and watercolors, or almost anything else with respect to watercolor techniques, just ask away! My MFA was specifically in Watercolor, and I still teach watercolor classes at both the AMoA and AC. Blessings, Helen Kilburn

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    Helen Kilburn
    June 23, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    PS: The food coloring will work temporarily, but they are not meant to be ¨light fast¨ which means they will fade rather quickly, so you don’t want to use them in paintings that you will hang up. The light fades the color very quickly. This applies to ALL watercolors: do not hand in direct sunlight, and when you frame your paintings, put them under special glass that reflects the light. I have found over the years that the very best brand of ¨cheap¨ watercolors is PRANG watercolors. All of the others fade rather quickly and you will not be happy with the results in a few months of hanging them up.

    • Reply
      janelle
      October 4, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks for the tip! Where can I find Prang watercolors? I always use acrylic for my canvases, this could be something different for me to do my art!

      • Reply
        deb frank
        March 21, 2016 at 8:33 am

        JoAnn fabric carries Prang brand.
        I learned a lot reading these comments today…thanks!

    • Reply
      Carole
      January 10, 2016 at 8:45 am

      I am want to try this at a summer camp I do. How dry does the glue have to be or I guess how long do we have to let it dry?
      The camp is outdoors so it is hot. We start at 9:30 and end at 11. I’m wondering if we could do the glue at 9:30 and then the paint at 10:30.

      • Reply
        Jean Van't Hul
        January 10, 2016 at 1:35 pm

        I’m guessing the glue would not be completely dry after just an hour, Carole. If it’s a multi day camp, I’d suggest doing the glue part of the project one day and the paint the following day.

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    Alannah anderson
    June 24, 2015 at 2:13 am

    My first thought would be that the glue is water based and possibly pourous therefor absorbing the color pigment from the watercolor paint … Love it, going to try tomorrow with the kiddos

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    Angela
    June 24, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    It worked beautifully with cheap canvas boards and thinned acrylics :)

    • Reply
      Carole
      January 10, 2016 at 8:46 am

      How long did you let the glue dry?

  • Reply
    Sandra
    June 29, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    I love your website! Can you do this on a piece of paper instead of a canvas?
    -Sandra

    • Reply
      Sandra
      June 29, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Oh! Never mind! Answered my own question, lol

  • Reply
    Gina
    June 30, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Love this! Going to try it.

  • Reply
    blima
    July 7, 2015 at 9:28 am

    I have tried this with my kids and the glue sunk into the canvas so nothing like yours appeared. Where did I go wrong?

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      July 10, 2015 at 9:43 am

      Was your canvas untreated, perhaps? We just used treated, stretched canvases that we bought at the art supply store.

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    Bonniw
    July 8, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Love the idea. I am not an artist but thought I would give it a shot with my grandkids. I am practicing. My glue drawing seems like it is taking forever to dry. Ballpark figure for the amount of time to dry. 8 x10…many lines plus several ‘dots’ of glue that are thicker. Thanks

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      July 10, 2015 at 9:43 am

      Hmm. I think our glue took maybe a day or so to dry.

  • Reply
    Brenda from Dwyer's Farmhouse
    July 22, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Thanks for this great project! We had fun with it. http://dwyersfarmhouse.blogspot.ca/2015/07/summer-crafts.html

  • Reply
    Brandi Jasmine
    August 5, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    I love this! Thinks for the idea. I can see a number of ways to add this to my existing mixed media work.

  • Reply
    Cybil Lynch
    August 16, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    This is so neat. Never thought of glue as an art item other than gluing. I can’t wait to try it myself. Ty for sharing and showing how it’s done. Great Job.

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      August 23, 2015 at 10:48 am

      You’re welcome, Cybil. Hope you have fun with it!

  • Reply
    Robin
    October 3, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Did you prep your canvas with a gesso? Or anything before glueing and painting?

  • Reply
    Anna
    October 11, 2015 at 9:19 am

    I tried this with my girls. We used canvas boards and got the same results when we used Elmers glue. We used an off brand glue on one of them and it turned yellow and the paint didn’t stick.

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    Camila
    October 14, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    I absolutely adore this idea… this is one of those moments I ask, why didn’t I think of that?… I’ve been playing around with watercolor and canvas, I want to make something for my girl and I wasn’t sure I could use watercolor on canvas rather than paper. I saw a few videos of people doing it so I’ve been doing a few attempts on small canvases and so fat so good but I still can see that the watercolor {maybe because of the quality} when dries get dusty and start like fading. Anyway I’m ready to go to the big final canvas and I’m wondering if it would look as good using the glue.. I have never tried this technique before…. And I must add I’m a perfectionist so I get so scared of not getting something pretty but so love your idea that I want to try.

    Thank you so much for sharing this, is so inspiring!

    XOXO
    Cami @ The Crafting Nook

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    Pat Swindall
    December 1, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    If you sprayed your finished work with either sealer or clear spray paint– would that keep the coloc from fading?

  • Reply
    Sue
    February 20, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Thanks so much for sharing this superb idea. I am not an artist but feel inspired to have a go! I can’t wait to get started and want to try both paper and canvas. My granddaughter is only 8 months old so i have time on my side to perfect the techn!!

  • Reply
    Emma
    March 7, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    I have no idea why the watercolor reacts that way but it’s AWESOME! Your daughter is quite the artist in training – her abstract work looks museum worthy!

  • Reply
    Karen Erickson
    February 4, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    I want to try this with black glue and then watercolor the next day with my pre school class!! Do u think it would work??!

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      February 12, 2018 at 4:29 am

      Yes, I think the glue lines should be dry the next day, especially if the preschoolers don’t create big puddles of glue. :)

  • Reply
    Beth
    August 10, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    What effect does the salt give and how do you apply it?
    Thanks.

  • Reply
    Chamila
    September 3, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Hi do we have to let te glue dry before start painting or just after applying glue can we start painting?

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    Dilpreet Singh
    June 5, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    It was seriously a very nice content.. It too helped me a lot for making my blog…

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Glue Art on Canvas with Liquid Watercolor Paint

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Glue Art on Canvas with Watercolor Paint

This post contains affiliate links.We’ve been experimenting with various glue effects on canvas with watercolor art.

The first was an accident, really.

The girls and I each made a collage with small items such as buttons, beads, paper butterflies, etc. After the glue was dry, Daphne and I painted our canvases with liquid watercolor paint.

90 Comments

  • Reply
    Heather J
    April 24, 2015 at 10:23 am

    This is gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing. That’s so weirdly awesome how it resists on paper but concentrates on canvas. Very neat project! Thanks so much for sharing! This is a weekend project for sure now:)

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      April 26, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Weirdly awesome totally captures it, Heather! :)

      • Reply
        Debbie Anderson
        May 9, 2015 at 12:09 pm

        I just found your website and I’m loving it! I have two grandchildren that love to do arts and crafts. They are 4 and 8 yrs.old. Thank you so much for sharing. Now when the kids come for a visit, I know exactly where to go,(your site) for a special craft day:)

        • Reply
          Joanna
          June 14, 2019 at 3:33 am

          Does the glue on the canvas have ro completwly dry before you can paint over it. Thanks

      • Reply
        jan saunders
        June 22, 2015 at 12:02 pm

        loving your work is there a certain type of glue for your glue art, must try this with my
        granddaughter. x

  • Reply
    Morgan Luka
    April 24, 2015 at 10:49 am

    I just wanted to say thank you. I am a creative person in the kitchen but not with art and crafts. I have 3 children under 5 who love art. Because of your blog, we have been making art and crafts for 2 years. Thank you so much!

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      April 26, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Oh! You’re so, so welcome, Morgan! Thanks for the comment. And I’m so glad you find ideas and inspiration here to share with your kiddos!

  • Reply
    Sandi Minkel
    April 24, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    I love this!! I am planning a ginormous 85th birthday bash weekend for my mom-in-law that will hopefully include lots of kids, and am taking inspiration from you on crafts to entertain. I am wondering, since cost is such a concern, if this effect could be done on unbleached muslin? Thanks for your consideration, Sandi

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      April 26, 2015 at 8:54 am

      I haven’t tried it on unbleached muslin, Sandi, but if you do it, let me know how it goes!

      Or you could do glue batik!

      https://artfulparent.com/2009/11/glue-batik-is-my-new-favorite-for-fabric-art-fun.html

      If you want to buy canvases, btw, you can use a 40 or 50% off coupon at a big chain craft store to buy a big pack of relatively inexpensive canvases.

      • Reply
        Bonnie Wach
        May 14, 2015 at 5:59 pm

        Unbleached Muslim would have to b coated with gesso. It’s too porous and would give u dame effect from watcolors and glue.

        • Reply
          Bonnie Wach
          May 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm

          Sorry. Unbleached Muslim would not give u same effect since it is too routs. Coat with gesso. Enjoy!

          • christine welsh
            July 1, 2015 at 2:00 am

            I think an unbleached Muslim would not be happy about being splattered with paint. You might end up with a jihad.

            Did you mean muslin?

      • Reply
        DeBorah
        January 6, 2019 at 12:00 am

        If you do this on muslin, use the blue gel glue and pin your muslin down tightly before you start or the glue will pull and pucker the fabric.

  • Reply
    Crystal Bissonnette
    April 24, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    I love this!! My son loves painting (he’s 4). This is a perfect project!!! Thank you!
    I pinned & Tweeted too!

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      April 26, 2015 at 8:55 am

      You’re welcome, Crystal! Hope you and your son enjoy this!

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    April 25, 2015 at 4:32 am

    This is such an awesome effect, looks beautiful!
    Haha I laughed about the comment when Daphne said she wanted to splatter paint!

  • Reply
    Nicole
    April 25, 2015 at 11:27 am

    My guess is it gets darker by osmosis. Paper has open fibers that wicks the water too quickly for the pigment to transfer into it, while store bought canvases (or ones that have been gessoed) are treated so the paint sits on the surface rather than soaking into the fabric. Maybe on canvas the pigment has more time to pass into the glue through osmosis. Interesting science experiment!

  • Reply
    Samanta Palomino
    April 25, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    I love Daphne’s piece. It’s absolutely beautiful! She knew how far to go and when to stop. Good intuition. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    mya
    April 25, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    These are just beautiful. Do you know where a mom could find inexpensive canvases?

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      April 26, 2015 at 8:57 am

      You can use a 40 or 50% off coupon at a big chain craft store such as AC Moore, Michaels, Joanns etc to buy canvases. Most of those stores have coupon apps for your phone, too.

  • Reply
    Nancy
    April 25, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    I’m so glad I saw this! I’m am currently working on a piece of glue art. I love what you and your daughter did!

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      April 26, 2015 at 8:58 am

      What kind of glue art are you working on, Nancy?

  • Reply
    Barbara
    April 26, 2015 at 12:04 am

    love the looks of these! Curious! Will try! Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply
    Kathy Kohout
    April 26, 2015 at 12:29 am

    Looks like a lot of fun. Can’t wait to try this.

  • Reply
    Ann ~ Little Worlds
    April 26, 2015 at 4:48 am

    What a great technique! My daughter and I love painting and making collages on canvas because it immediately looks like we’re professionals :). (Bit hard to store all that canvas though!) I’m looking forward to playing around with glue and different kinds of paints now. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply
    Ana
    April 26, 2015 at 8:33 am

    This is stunningly beautiful! Thanks for sharing this technique!

  • Reply
    Elise @ Creative Play Central
    April 27, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Such a gorgeous happy accidental discovery and one I’m keen to try with my children. Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring.

  • Reply
    Jill Britt
    April 27, 2015 at 11:17 am

    It’s because the canvas has been treated. The glue is more porous than the surface of the canvas. Glue..such as Elmer’s are water based. It makes it easier to clean in case of a mess. The pigment latches onto the glue..this the effect you are getting. ∩__∩

  • Reply
    Vynette
    April 27, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Would this work with watered down acrylic craft paint from the craft store?

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      May 3, 2015 at 6:30 am

      Not sure, Vynette. If you try it, will you let me know how it goes?

  • Reply
    Kristin S.
    April 28, 2015 at 11:54 am

    You mentioned you used salt?! You just literally dropped a bit of salt on the canvas? And it did what…give a splattered look? Thanks

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      May 3, 2015 at 6:30 am

      Yes, Kristin. It’s a watercolor technique that we really like. Sprinkle the salt on the still-wet watercolor areas and the salt crystals will absorb the water (and color) creating an interesting mottled effect. Try it! We usually do it with watercolor art on paper but tried it on canvas this time.

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    Jocelyn
    April 28, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    The watercolor took much longer to absorb on the canvas panel. The color stillconcentrated under the glue, but the painting took on a much more textured, abstract look.

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      Jean Van't Hul
      May 3, 2015 at 6:27 am

      Oh, interesting, Jocelyn! I’ll have to give it a try!

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    Joanna
    April 29, 2015 at 12:16 am

    Oh – this is beautiful! I’m are definitively going to have to do this with my kiddos! Thanks for sharing it!

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    danena
    April 29, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Hi I would say that the weight of the glue causes the wet paint to pool. You can also do it by indenting your finger so the colours intermix. What fun

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    Krista
    May 3, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    I am wondering if it’s because you used school glue which is water based??? Maybe give the original glue a try. They turned out beautiful!

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    Tiffany
    May 7, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Thanks so much for this idea! We’re doing it on tiny 4×4 canvases for mother’s day gifts for the grandmothers!!! I’m soooo excited to see how they turn out!

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    Anu
    May 8, 2015 at 8:52 am

    This is so brilliant! Would love to try this out! Thanks so much :)
    About the glue concentrating the watercolor.. Not sure about the chemistry behind these things.. But I think its water vs oil. My guess is that glue contains oils of some kind that keep out watercolor.. And the canvas probably soaks up that oil and allows the watercolor to concentrate in the glue. You probably don’t see this happening on paper cos paper wont soak up all the oil.

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    Sarah T
    May 8, 2015 at 9:17 am

    I love your thoughts. Thank you for sharing.

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    barbara radovich
    May 8, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Cant wait to try this. Im nannying 3 boys this summmer this will make a fun craft! Do you use paint brushes to put paint on?

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    vanessa
    May 11, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Such a cool effect. How long does it take the glue to dry to be ready to paint ?

    Vanessa

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    bethany
    May 14, 2015 at 11:56 am

    I’m working on trying this out.. but I can’t free style. I drew on a canvas with pencil what I want to outline with glue.. should I try to erase it/make the outline as light as possible, or should the glue/paint cover it so it’s out of sight? What do you think?

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    Michelle Marttila
    May 15, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Hi Jean! A friend shared your beautiful glue art with me….love it!!! I tried to read through all the comments to see what transpired with the paint concentrating with the glue on canvas and not the paper. Without having all the details…looks like the food coloring (which is a dye) made it possible for the color to go deeper into the glue. Dyes absorb while paint adds color (that may or may not bind to things). I’d say your ingenuity turned out to be a happy creation!!! Thanks for sharing this great idea! :)

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    Moe
    June 22, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    do you peel the glue off after it is all said and done or leave it alone???

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      janelle
      October 4, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      Leave it alone, but you could try peel it off and see how it looks I think it’ll look neat.

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    Jan
    June 23, 2015 at 12:05 am

    im curious if you applied all colours right away or let them dry between colors?? Thanks

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    Helen Kilburn
    June 23, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Hi, Jean! I am an artist who also teaches at our local art museum: Amarillo Museum of Art, and I teach Watercolor and other art/music classes at Amarillo College. I have actually done this with classes of children at our art museum – in summer art camps and also weekly classes. I have personally done this with watercolor paper and canvas. The canvas causes the color to concentrate around and in the glue because there is no where for the colored water to flow. On watercolor paper, the color soaks into the paper, and does not concentrate IN the glue. I also painted with watercolors on lots of big canvas while I was working on my MFA in college and used all sorts of stuff with the watercolors and glue. You have done a marvelous job, and I am sharing your projects with others on my Facebook! Hope this helped answer your question!!! If you have other questions about the glue and watercolors, or almost anything else with respect to watercolor techniques, just ask away! My MFA was specifically in Watercolor, and I still teach watercolor classes at both the AMoA and AC. Blessings, Helen Kilburn

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    Helen Kilburn
    June 23, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    PS: The food coloring will work temporarily, but they are not meant to be ¨light fast¨ which means they will fade rather quickly, so you don’t want to use them in paintings that you will hang up. The light fades the color very quickly. This applies to ALL watercolors: do not hand in direct sunlight, and when you frame your paintings, put them under special glass that reflects the light. I have found over the years that the very best brand of ¨cheap¨ watercolors is PRANG watercolors. All of the others fade rather quickly and you will not be happy with the results in a few months of hanging them up.

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      janelle
      October 4, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks for the tip! Where can I find Prang watercolors? I always use acrylic for my canvases, this could be something different for me to do my art!

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        deb frank
        March 21, 2016 at 8:33 am

        JoAnn fabric carries Prang brand.
        I learned a lot reading these comments today…thanks!

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      Carole
      January 10, 2016 at 8:45 am

      I am want to try this at a summer camp I do. How dry does the glue have to be or I guess how long do we have to let it dry?
      The camp is outdoors so it is hot. We start at 9:30 and end at 11. I’m wondering if we could do the glue at 9:30 and then the paint at 10:30.

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        Jean Van't Hul
        January 10, 2016 at 1:35 pm

        I’m guessing the glue would not be completely dry after just an hour, Carole. If it’s a multi day camp, I’d suggest doing the glue part of the project one day and the paint the following day.

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    Alannah anderson
    June 24, 2015 at 2:13 am

    My first thought would be that the glue is water based and possibly pourous therefor absorbing the color pigment from the watercolor paint … Love it, going to try tomorrow with the kiddos

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    Angela
    June 24, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    It worked beautifully with cheap canvas boards and thinned acrylics :)

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      Carole
      January 10, 2016 at 8:46 am

      How long did you let the glue dry?

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    Sandra
    June 29, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    I love your website! Can you do this on a piece of paper instead of a canvas?
    -Sandra

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      Sandra
      June 29, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Oh! Never mind! Answered my own question, lol

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    Gina
    June 30, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Love this! Going to try it.

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    blima
    July 7, 2015 at 9:28 am

    I have tried this with my kids and the glue sunk into the canvas so nothing like yours appeared. Where did I go wrong?

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      Jean Van't Hul
      July 10, 2015 at 9:43 am

      Was your canvas untreated, perhaps? We just used treated, stretched canvases that we bought at the art supply store.

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    Bonniw
    July 8, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Love the idea. I am not an artist but thought I would give it a shot with my grandkids. I am practicing. My glue drawing seems like it is taking forever to dry. Ballpark figure for the amount of time to dry. 8 x10…many lines plus several ‘dots’ of glue that are thicker. Thanks

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      Jean Van't Hul
      July 10, 2015 at 9:43 am

      Hmm. I think our glue took maybe a day or so to dry.

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    Brenda from Dwyer's Farmhouse
    July 22, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Thanks for this great project! We had fun with it. http://dwyersfarmhouse.blogspot.ca/2015/07/summer-crafts.html

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    Brandi Jasmine
    August 5, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    I love this! Thinks for the idea. I can see a number of ways to add this to my existing mixed media work.

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    Cybil Lynch
    August 16, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    This is so neat. Never thought of glue as an art item other than gluing. I can’t wait to try it myself. Ty for sharing and showing how it’s done. Great Job.

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      Jean Van't Hul
      August 23, 2015 at 10:48 am

      You’re welcome, Cybil. Hope you have fun with it!

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    Robin
    October 3, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Did you prep your canvas with a gesso? Or anything before glueing and painting?

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    Anna
    October 11, 2015 at 9:19 am

    I tried this with my girls. We used canvas boards and got the same results when we used Elmers glue. We used an off brand glue on one of them and it turned yellow and the paint didn’t stick.

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    Camila
    October 14, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    I absolutely adore this idea… this is one of those moments I ask, why didn’t I think of that?… I’ve been playing around with watercolor and canvas, I want to make something for my girl and I wasn’t sure I could use watercolor on canvas rather than paper. I saw a few videos of people doing it so I’ve been doing a few attempts on small canvases and so fat so good but I still can see that the watercolor {maybe because of the quality} when dries get dusty and start like fading. Anyway I’m ready to go to the big final canvas and I’m wondering if it would look as good using the glue.. I have never tried this technique before…. And I must add I’m a perfectionist so I get so scared of not getting something pretty but so love your idea that I want to try.

    Thank you so much for sharing this, is so inspiring!

    XOXO
    Cami @ The Crafting Nook

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    Pat Swindall
    December 1, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    If you sprayed your finished work with either sealer or clear spray paint– would that keep the coloc from fading?

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    Sue
    February 20, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Thanks so much for sharing this superb idea. I am not an artist but feel inspired to have a go! I can’t wait to get started and want to try both paper and canvas. My granddaughter is only 8 months old so i have time on my side to perfect the techn!!

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    Emma
    March 7, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    I have no idea why the watercolor reacts that way but it’s AWESOME! Your daughter is quite the artist in training – her abstract work looks museum worthy!

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    Karen Erickson
    February 4, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    I want to try this with black glue and then watercolor the next day with my pre school class!! Do u think it would work??!

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      Jean Van't Hul
      February 12, 2018 at 4:29 am

      Yes, I think the glue lines should be dry the next day, especially if the preschoolers don’t create big puddles of glue. :)

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    Beth
    August 10, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    What effect does the salt give and how do you apply it?
    Thanks.

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    Chamila
    September 3, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Hi do we have to let te glue dry before start painting or just after applying glue can we start painting?

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    Dilpreet Singh
    June 5, 2019 at 3:29 pm

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