Video: Watercolor and Salt Technique

Welcome back, stampers. Today’s video shares a technique that has been around for a long time, but is such fun to do – – adding salt to watercolor.

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Lately I have been having fun revisiting “older” techniques. This watercolor and salt technique is a great example that and one that gives fun and unexpected results. I actually find techniques like this very inspiring.

After applying blue and purple Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor to watercolor paper, I sprinkled on various types of salts that I coated in Perfect Pearls. The salt absorbs that water… drying with unique effects. And that added Perfect Pearl gives lovely shine.

After rubbing away the salt once it was dry, I white heat embossed the sweet Wplus9 Wishing You sentiment. I also stamped and cut out the adorable bunny, clouds and moon… and added fast coloring with Distress Inks, an Ink Blending Tool and a Fantastix. To “match” the sentiment, I added a silver string between the bunny and moon. Finally – tiny little star sequins from The Ton Stamps added just the right amount of shine.

Look closely – that background is both die cut and embossed with the Wplus9 Starry Night Background Die.

I really encourage you to try out this watercolor and salt technique. There are a billion different ways to get unique results… just vary the type of salts used, the amount of water used with the watercolor, etc. It is fun!

Oh, and I mentioned in the video our Watercolor for Card Makers class. You can take it anytime… and you can find more info HERE.

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77 thoughts on “Video: Watercolor and Salt Technique”

  1. I love this technique and you explained it perfectly. It does take a lot of trial and error…size of salt crystals, amount of water, type of paper etc. etc. And you’ll NEVER get the same thing twice…that’s what makes it fun! Sweet cards too.

  2. That card is adorable. I saw someone else post one today and the bunny was waving. I bet this set sells out fast! It’s definitely going on birthday wish list next month!

  3. Gosh, haven’t thought of that technique in forever. So glad you are going back and doing some of these again! Just a really cute card.

  4. Thanks for showing us this technique. I love hearing about techniques where you can use items that are common around the house and this salt one is wonderful. Love how the card turned out. Also love that star background die. Thanks for another wonderful video!

  5. EXCITING technique, FABULOUS tutorial and DELIGHTFUL cards!!!
    THANK YOU for INSPIRING me again today 🙂

  6. Gorgeous cards, Jennifer. I actually had to look a couple times, after watching the video. I thought you had framed the sky. Didn’t even realize it was popped up.. hehe So weird how we can see things differently. After watching the video, it was very clear it was popped up. No idea how I missed that at first. Thanks so much for taking the time to make a video. I just love watching them!

  7. How very cool! I love your floating bunneh holding the moon! Beautiful background. I did a watercoloring of a floral image, and added a bit of salt to the background as it dried. My hubby loves is ♥ So happy to see yours in vivid color-mine was pastels with distress inks.

  8. Great card. You know another technique I really like with watercolor is rubbing alcohol. This card with the salt background (and the star die cut) is adorable. Thanks!

  9. Never heard of the salt technique, but it’s so fabulous-looking. And the star die is awesome. TFS yet another great video, Jennifer.

  10. I have always loved the galaxy background and I think the salt adds that perfect touch to make it look very real!! As always thank you so much for the video and the ideas!!

  11. Beautiful cards Jennifer and a great technique. I love applying old techniques with new products, you just never know what the outcome will be if you don’t try it!

  12. I remember this technique many moons ago…it always nice to go back and redo an old technique…thanks Jennifer for a great video…your cards turned out really nice….tfs

  13. Super cute card! This is a fun technique that I can do with children – and super economical. Thanks for reminding/introducing us 🙂

  14. I love this technique!! I have never seen this before, thank you for the ideas.
    Your card is so cute, you have a lot of talent.

  15. I’ve never actually done this technique despite having read about it numerous times. I think watching a video lights my fire to try new things…can’t wait to finally try this. thanks

  16. Love that salt/watercolor technique and just forget to use it. Thanks for the reminder and showing how you created these adorable little cards!

  17. Love this card! Im going to try this technique on a seahorse. I never thought of adding the perfect pearls. Thanks for the great idea Jen.

  18. Question for Jennifer/anyone: if you store your stamps by “theme” rather than by “company” where would you put the WPlus9 stamp set, Going Places (e.g. animal, sentiments, travel, etc.)? I have a really difficult time organizing my stamps by theme for this very reason.

  19. What an adorable card! I just love the little bunny! The salt technique looks like a lot of fun and I’ll have to try that soon! Thanks for the great video!!

  20. I love these cards – they’re really sweet – but the thing I most enjoyed about this video was the technique demonstration! I didn’t realize how much I have missed using inking techniques. They are the reason I first started following you! I’m not complaining, but just offering the feedback that more of these videos would sure be enjoyed – even if it’s older techniques with a fresh twist.

    Thanks for all you do! <3

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