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Backgrounds Using Rock Salt

Backgrounds Using Rock Salt

By: Nancy Thaut,  Artistic Guide

The first time I used rock salt was when I took a class for painting silk.  One of our projects was painting a scarf and applying rock salt before it dried.  What beautiful scarves we came out with.  The random designs the salt left was stunning.

And so, when I began making these backgrounds, I began experimenting with different paints and glossy paper.    I began with the first sheet using daubers by Lindy’s Stamp Gang, then Water Colors by Niji and Color Wash Sprays by Stamp Zia.  I sprayed water on the paper after adding the rock salt to the paper and let it them dry overnight.

Below is a picture of the three backgrounds I did.  Please excuse the blurriness of the picture.  I’m having a problem with my camera at the moment. ]

The next day I removed the rock salt to check out the design.  The spray came out the best, followed by the daubers.  I wasn’t happy with the watercolors.  The next time I try this I will use card stock paper and watercolor paper.  I will use all of these backgrounds shown.

Experiment with your paper and card making tools.  You will find things you create that no one else has tried.  Card making should be experimenting to learn and create your own style.  We all copy others ideas but learning you own way of doing something is priceless and is your own individual taste and style.

Below is the finished product of the backgrounds that I did.  The 4th sheet is cardstock that was sprayed with water and then all the rock salt removed from the three samples was added to this sheet and again sprayed with water and allowed to dry.  Hope you try this.

Have fun!


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2 Responses »

  1. I AM NOT SURE I UNDERSTAND EXACTLY HOW THE ROCKSALT CHANGED THE BACKGROUND. CAN YOU SHOW THE SAME BACKGROUND NOT USING THE SALT AND THEN ONE USING THE SALT?

  2. Hi love this technique. I didn't have "rock" salt when I tried out this technique and just used loads of normal table salt and the look I got was pretty amazing.