We all know what salt sprinkled on semi-wet watercolor paint does create an interesting texture to your painting. Each crystal of salt drives away the pigment to make a lighter area beneath it.
I was wondering what would happen if I added salt to the water in my spray bottle. So I tried experimenting with proportions of salt and water. In my latest test, I am sharing with you today, I used coarse kosher salt with the proportions below. Note: I was afraid iodized salt may hurt the final painting later in the future.
I mixed up a quarter cup of kosher salt to 16 ounces of water in a spray bottle and left it overnight. Shake it several times to help dissolve the salt. Made sure the salt has dissolved before using. Also, mark the spray bottle SALT and with your formula proportions.
I did three tests with this:
I found that the semi-dry example works best. It created a very subtle effect compared to sprinkling salt directly onto the semi-wet pigment. When I sprayed it on the very wet pigment, it did not give me the desired effect. And the third one when the paint was almost dry it did not give me the desired effect I was looking for. So the second example, semi-wet I felt was best.
Note: In all three examples are used burnt sienna and ultramarine blue different combinations. In watercolor, I’ve stated many times to my students, timing in watercolor is everything. Waiting for the right moment. This is one of the aspects of watercolor there cannot be taught only anticipated through experience. So when I did the experiment, I was really watching how much moisture was on paper before I applied the salt.
I would like to see your test results. Please share on my Facebook page. Don't forget type of salt, proportions, clearly label each photo and if you did something different than my tests let me know.
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This years guest judge was Stapleton Kearns. Stapleton
Stapleton Kearns (American, b. 1952) studied in the atelier of R. H. Ives Gammell (American 1893–1981). Gammell was a student of major American impressionist William Paxton, and Ives passed on his art training to nearly 40 students over a period of almost 50 years. Kearns was a beneficiary of Gammell’s private instruction conducted at the historic Fenway studios in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1983 Kearns moved to Rockport, Massachusetts, and had the opportunity to know and learn from the older generation of artists who had made that area famous as an art colony. Kearns was elected president of the Rockport Art Association and held that position for five years.
For nearly ten years Kearns has lived in New Hampshire, and, writes a blog about painting that receives thousands of visitors each month. He also teaches workshops across the country.
To hear a great interview by Leslie Saeta and Margret Sheldon with this amazing artist, go to the podcast, Artists Helping Artists
Today, IHA makes its home at the historic Brown County Art Gallery in Nashville. What started as a local competition has grown statewide, open to any artist with ties to Indiana. The annual June exhibition and sale is one of the largest art competitions in the midwest, handing out as much as $80,000 in prize money and purchase awards to the winners.
IHA continues to honor the legacy of the early artists by supporting today’s Hoosier Masters. IHA leases a room in the Brown County Art Gallery to provide year round exhibition space to prize-winning artists, where they can offer paintings for sale. IHA sponsors artist workshops by bringing in the country’s top instructors, providing workshop space and administrative services. IHA also supports an annual student art competition held at the Gallery by providing prize money to the area's top art teachers.
IHA has a statewide membership of artists and patrons and depends on generous donors including corporate sponsors, local merchants, along with loyal collectors, to continue the mission of supporting Indiana’s top artists.
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Dale L Popovich IWS
is an award-winning watercolorist and teacher who is passionate about capturing the raw beauty of the American landscape with the fluid stroke of a brush. As you will see the works selected in his portfolio represent the breath of his holistic approach to painting. You can also learn along with this talented and experienced teacher through his workshops, Palette & Chisel, Mainstreet Art Center i Lake Zurich, IL, Elmhurst Art Museum, Towering Winds Academy of Fine Arts an online art school, and Popovich Studio classes.