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Using A Salt Technique For Texture In A Watercolor Card

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Learn this watercolor technique for beginner and intermediate artists by adding salt to create a unique effect. We found this watercolor technique shared by Jennifer McGuire to be a useful demonstration. Here’s a review of this technique so you can get started…

Materials used:

  • Table salt
  • Kosher salt or Alaea Hawaiian sea salt (coarse crystals)
  • Large round paintbrush
  • Ranger: Perfect Pearls – individual pigment powder PPP17714
  • Ranger: Mini Round Ink Blending Tools
  • Small bowl and spoon
  • Ranger: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor White Cardstock (4.25″ x 5.5″, 118lb)
  • Heat gun
  • 5″ x 7″ Clear acrylic block
  • WPlus9: “Going Places” stamp set (bunnies and clouds)
  • WPlus9: “Wishing You” sentiments stamp set
  • EK Success Powder Tool (anti-static tool) or dryer sheet
  • Tsukineko Versamark Emboss Ink Pad Watermark
  • Hero Arts white embossing powder PW110
  • Neenah Classic Crest 110lb smooth solar white paper
  • Fantastix Coloring Tool
  • 3M Micropore tape
  • Acid-free glue
  • Silver string
  • Ranger: Multi Medium adhesive (matte finish)
  • Quilled Creations Precision Tip Empty Applicator Bottle
  • Memory Box: “Starry Night Background” die
  • Die cutting machine
  • The Ton star sequins (silver, blue, iridescent)
  • Lifestyle Crafts Quickstik tool
  • Glaze pen (black)
  • Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Marker
  • Mini Ranger Glossy Accents
  • White cardstock (at least 6.25″ x 7.5″)
  • Light blue notecard paper (at least 6.5″ x 7.75″)
  • Trimmer or X-Acto knife and cutting mat


  • Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors: Ultramarine (#64)
  • Blue (#66)
  • Indigo (#67)
  • Blue-purple (#38)
  • Purple (#139)


  • Distress Ink: Chipped Sapphire
  • Hickory Smoke
  • Worn Lipstick
  • Tumbled Glass
  • Wild Honey
  • Hero Arts dye ink: Black