You may have noticed that most of my paintings have a simple white background, in the botanical tradition. But adding a background can really help to accentuate a subject and add atmosphere to a painting.
So in this mini class, my special guest and good friend, pro-artist Jennifer Rose has come back into the studio to show us how to create salt effect watercolor backgrounds by applying salt as a special ingredient on top of the paint.
Salt reacts with watercolour paint in an interesting way, and here, you’ll see how Jennifer has used the salt and watercolour technique to create a wintry, frosty atmosphere to enhance these beautiful, loose snowdrops.
I hope you’ll have fun creating your own watercolor backgrounds with salt, or experimenting with watercolor and salt in your sketchbook.
For more tips on painting loose walercolour backgrounds, check out this other mini class by Jennifer Rose where she shows us how to create a foliage background in loose watercolor.
The equipment Jennifer uses is different from mine. She uses mop brushes, because they can carry a lot of paint, cold pressed paper, because it helps the paint to disperse, and a daisy-style paint palette which has individual ponds for mixing large quantities of watery paint. If you don’t have these items, just use what you do have! Jennifer used table salt and rock salt in this video, but you can use any salt you have available.
If you’d also like to paint snowdrops in my realistic watercolour style, you can find my snowdrop mini class here.
We’ll be seeing more of Jennifer Rose in the future when she comes back into the studio to share more of her loose watercolour tips and techniques, so watch this space.
If you take this mini class, Jennifer and I would love to hear how you get on, so let us know in the comments below. And do also drop us a message if you enjoyed the video. We love reading them!
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