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Using Salt with Water Colours

This is a fun one! The salt can create some really interesting patterns as your paper dries. You use the wet on wet technique first and then sprinkle on your salt while your paper is still wet. I have tried regular table salt and coarse salt (like sea salt) and the coarse salt is by far my favourite!

Here's how do to it!

1. First, paint your watercolour paper using the wet on wet technique (see the first activity)

2. While your painting is still wet, sprinkle salt onto your painting. Experiment with where to put your salt and how much to use. Try out table salt and coarse salt to see the different patterns each makes.

3. Let your painting dry completely before brushing the salt off. This can be messy! I like to take my paintings outside to do this, or you can brush the salt into the sink.




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