This week in the Artist’s Play Room, our challenge was to try out something we had been wanting to do! Recently on the CZT facebook page, I watched a youtube video about using kosher salt on a watercolor wash as a different technique. I watched several videos on this technique and everyone said you really needed to use kosher salt, that it just worked better. So, off to Wal-Mart I went. This afternoon I took a 5″x7″ piece of watercolor paper, covered it in a generous layer of water, and started moving some color around. For this project I used a basic kids watercolor set from Michael’s to push some color. I let it blend and run and start to set up, then sprinkled some kosher salt in a couple areas. I didn’t cover the whole piece so that I could see the effects of the salt.
Not sure why, but as it dried the colors softened up. The picture above was taken after the piece had dried and I had brushed off the excess salt. I like the edges of color lines – I’m guessing they were caused by a reaction with the salt.
And because I’m such a messy painter, I had paint on the backside as well. Which works out fine because I can use this as a two-sided page in an art journal.
Here is the youtube video I watched to learn this technique. I did not paint my page in the bathroom, however.
I learned this technique on Pinterest. Pinterest is a great place to learn a hobby! That’s where I learned about art journaling, and where I first heard of ‘zentangle.’ This blog began as a result of what I learned on pinterest. Anyway, here I took three different colored sharpies and scribbled them on the back of a styrofoam plate. I was supposed to use something hard plastic – non-porous. This worked alright, but something hard plastic would have worked better.
Next, I sprayed the color with a little rubbing alcohol which caused the color to bleed and blend a bit. Then I turned a zentangle tile over and laid it in the wet color, which allowed the tile to soak in the color.
I was able to color two tile with that little bit of sharpie. If you don’t want to use sharpies, you can also use copics or alcohol inks. I expect they would probably work better – I just couldn’t remember where I stashed my alcohol inks the last time I got “organized.”
I tried at least three more watercolor/paint/ink techniques which I would like to share with you, but it is 1:00 AM now and I should really go to sleep. I need to get up early tomorrow to go have my hair re-pinked! Yay!!!!
Head on over to Jenn’s page – Just Add Water Silly – which is where the Artist’s Play Room is hosted. Check out all the blog posts and maybe even share one of your own!