I’ve decided that I don’t combine my arts and crafts enough – painting has fallen by the wayside while my scrapping obsession takes over. I’m now determined to sneak some of my painting skills onto a few scrapbook layouts. I don’t want to forget the techniques, or leave my paints languishing in a drawer – that would be sad.
So, in case any of you have some paints hiding in the bottom of a cupboard, perhaps that someone gifted to you or your kids and the present got put away and never used, I’m going to share with you the papers or techniques that I paint to go onto my pages. I’ll start with one for watercolour paints, using rock salt to make a pattern. You can turn a white piece of paper into something like this:
It’s great fun and you can play around with various stages to get different effects. If you want to give this a go here’s the items you’ll need:
1 piece of white cardstock. If you’ve got watercolour paper you can use that, but it’s not really necessary unless you are doing lots of layers. You might get small patches of discolouration or rougness if you use cardstock, but I think that just adds to it’s homemade charm, and it doesn’t always happen. I use cardstock most of the time – it’s cheaper.
Watercolour paints,at least two colours. Preferably in tubes but I only had pans so I had to use these – more work but not impossible! I had a go at this with acrylic paints, just to see if it worked, as I know more scrapbookers have acrylics. But it doesn’t work quite so well as the salt gets too stuck – acrylic is more adhesive. It might work with other paints though, if you have some lying around then give it a go!
Paintbrush / brushes – I used two as I needed a smaller one to get the paint from my pans, but if you’re using tubes you just need a big brush, this is also what you need to apply the paint. I used a watercolour mop, but any big, clean paintbrush would do, even a decorating one. It needs to be big so you can wash the paper quickly.
Palette (or an old plastic plate in my case!)
Rock salt, pre-grinding. If it’s been ground the salt crystals will be too small and not leave such a good pattern.
Okay, once you have all these lined up, and you’ve protected your work surface, you need to paint the bottom layer of paint. I think it works best if the base colour is lighter than the top colour, so I chose light green. The paint will spread best if it’s watery.
Then, quite soon afterwards, you need to sprinkle rock salt over the paint. The wetter your paint is when you sprinkle the salt, the more of the top colour it will soak up. If you want it to soak up less, then leave it a moment – but don’t let it dry or it won’t absorb any of the paint. You can put the salt in patches if you want clusters of pattern rather than an all over sprinkled look like mine.