Painting trees with salt

This design combines two techniques, which as you can see from the picture gives some very different results.

First, the basic shapes of a tree trunk standing on a hillside was drawn, using wax.

Then the whole scarf was painted in the background colour, and some ordinary salt crystals were added while the paint was wet. I aimed to make the shape of the tree’s canopy with the salt, to complete the picture.

The salt crystals absorb the paint, leaving a pattern on the surface. It isn’t possible to control this pattern, which depends on the wetness of the colour as well as the dryness of the salt crystals.

Because the pattern forms round each individual crystal, it looks like a mass of leaves. The pictures show the scarf just after the salt crystals have been added, and the following day when the colour had been absorbed.

After the dry salt was brushed off, the wax was removed from the fabric by pressing it between absorbent paper with an iron. This also helps to fix the colour, but I “cooked” them in the oven as well, just to be on the safe side.

About The Proof Angel

I am a freelance editor and proofreader, working with a wide range of clients from large companies to individuals. I can help you to communicate clearly by carrying out a final check, or by suggesting ideas get your message over. I am an Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading. I also have a sideline in textiles, as The Rainbow Angel.
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