the sea issue of Kinfolk i read a while back has left me thinking about doing some salt painting, particularly in turquoises and blues, like, every single day.
this weekend, i was feeling uber adventurous too, so i decided to try out salt painting – without following any online instructions. it’s experimentation time! (turns out that there are really limited resources on salt painting anyway…)
pre-note: this isn’t going to be an instructions post for most part. just sharing the little ups-and-downs of my salt painting process. takeaways are right at the bottom!
what i used:
• paint + water
• table salt
(pretty straightforward, yeah?)
quick tip: (before we start!)
if you’re using thin paper, slip a sheet of plastic (like the one pictured) under it. this way, excess water will pool on the plastic, rather than the surface below! (thereby saving your table or the rest of your drawing pad)
technique one //
i started by sprinkling some salt on the paper, then painting over it.
the end product? rough paper, with paint on it. yeah… i was quite disappointed, honestly. but – onto the next technique.
technique two //
time to try again! this time, i painted the envelope first.
then, when the paper was just drying, i sprinkled salt into the damp patches.
poof! this time, some satisfying results happened. (aaat laaast.) check out the little branching shapes caused by the salt!
it’s good to note, though, that not all places you add salt to will create some cool patterns; and it takes a while for the pattern to form.
when the paint finally dries, rub it off with your fingers. but be careful; if you rub too vigorously, the paper will rip. (which sucks, duh. yep, it did happen to me.)
oh, and even if you’re not ready to get painting, fret not! i’ve got a little something for you… free downloadable salt painting textures. print them out as posters, fold them into envelopes, use the digital files as wallpapers… the options are endless.
hope you had a fun time ‘painting with me’, even if it meant having to go through a few “botched-up” pieces of salt paintings. (hah) it was great having you join along too! 😉
share this salt painting experiment with your friends, and don’t forget to tell me any secrets you know about salt painting! i have to hear ’em.
p.s. let the painting fun continue with this other ocean-inspired project!