When you're painting a scene in which it's snowing, it's impossible to leave hundreds of tiny specks of white across your
watercolour painting. The secret is to take the salt from your kitchen and use it
to create the effect of snow in your painting.
Have some table or crushed salt to hand as you need to sprinkle it onto a wet wash to create snowflakes in your painting. The salt soaks up the paint, creating a little star around each bit of salt.
Apply the wash or scene you wish to have snowflakes in. Place the
watercolour painting down flat. Watch it drying and just before it loses its shine sprinkle on the salt.
Leave the watercolour painting flat to dry thoroughly. Be patient! When it's completely dry, brush the salt off with your hand or a clean, dry brush.
When you apply the salt is crucial. If the wash is too wet, the salt will absorb too much paint and melt, creating snowflakes that are too big.
If the wash is too dry, the salt won't absorb enough paint and you won't get any snowflakes.
Don't use too much salt as it ruins the delicacy of this effect and don't try to arrange the grains of salt, snowflakes should be random.
To create a blizzard, tip the
watercolour painting a little so the paint and salt slide to one side.
Note: The use of salt may influence the pH of the paper, and thus its longevity or archival properties, so try to keep the time the salt is on the paper to a minimum.
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