Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Shake shake it like a salt shaker

It's time for August's CAS Watercolou challenger, so pull out your salt shakers and join in.
If you have never tried salted water colour this is a must do technique.  Check out the CAS Watercolour blog for links to see how it's done.
For my card I used 3 colours of Distress  Oxide Inks on an acrylic block being careful not to contaminate the ink pad too much.  If you do have a slight contamination of colours you can wipe it off with a clean piece of kitchen roll or baby wipe.   I then spritzed with water and placed on my watercolour paper.  I lifted the block and the watercolour mixed in a puddle of water and ink, so awesome 😏  I sprinkled regular kitchen salt over the paper and you can see where the colours merged I got a great crystal effect from the dried salt,
Course and fine salt give different effects, try both and you will love all the different backgrounds you make.
This background made me think sand and sea so I decided to use my new seahorse from technique junkies and used my zig watercolour pens to colour it in.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Technique Junkies
Paper: 110lb Linnen white, 140lb Water colour
Ink:  Ranger Archival
Accessories: Distress Oxides inks, Salt, zig pens, acrylic block
Techniques: Salt on Watercolour, Acrylic block watercolouring


  1. Glorious background and love the effect. Looking forward to giving this technique a go. Love the sea horse stamp too. Thank you so much for the inspiration x

  2. Beautiful water effect from your DOX inks and salt technique, Christine. Your new seahorse was the perfect addition my friend. TFS Hugs...

  3. Love the background that looks like a ledge rising from the sea! Love that seahorse too! A fantastic card, my friend!

  4. What an amazing result you got with your salt!! Fabulous card! Thanks so much for having me with you this month!

  5. I'm always attracted to your wonderful, muted color palette, Christine! You use your fabulous backgrounds with such wonderful stamps too. Just gorgeous!

  6. Gorgeous watery background Christine. Isn't it fun to work with salt??!! :) Love the seahorse. xx

  7. Wonderful card, Christine. The salt background definitely looks great as a water background for your awesome seahorse image. Love it.

  8. Love the way your colours merged! Great salt effect. A fabulous background for the seahorse!

  9. Beautiful salt effect, Christine! Love the colors you used and the way they merged. The seahorse looks so vivid and striking against the soft background - great contrast! Hideko

  10. awesome card the effect you got with the salt. That image works so well with the bkg.
    xx Karen

  11. Your inking technique worked wonderfully for this glorious background Christine! love the colors and that beautiful seahorse stamped over it all! Julia xx