Saturday, February 21, 2015

Well-Seasoned Art

Salt and pepper are necessities at the dinner table, and one of those seasonings works well in art applications. Adding salt to a wet watercolor results in some striking patterns. Each color reacts to the salt differently. Other variables affect the end result too: amount of salt applied, what kind of salt, wetness of the watercolor, color of watercolor, and even brand of the watercolor.
 I was most pleased with these QCR watercolors. They are the most vivid, and as a result, the salt technique seems to "pop" more.
I was pleased with the unexpected color combo of the mustard-y yellow and the deep purple.
 Obviously I began to love the purple/yellow color scheme and added some hot pink and orange as well.
This final effect is much softer. You can't see where individual salt crystals were. The effect reminds me of the few times my clumsiness has resulted in spilling a drink on a shopping list. The ink moves outward, leaving no color in the middle, with the majority of the color creating a ring or stain.


  1. Wendy, I hope i'm not posting twice, but they are really pretty and inspiring. The layering I luv and adds that much more to it. tfs

  2. Beautiful work, Wendy! (as always). I think a salt-lift technique is one of my favorite things to play with since I love, love, love watercolor. Try sometime using gouache which is a little more translucent to start with, and even watered down acrylics. You will have even MORE fun!

  3. These are so beautiful them!

  4. Gorgeous always. I love the salt-lift idea.