VIDEO: Lydia’s Crafty Corner – Salt on Watercolor

by Lydia Evans

Hello there everyone! Lydia here. Today I'll be sharing an oldie but goodie technique – using salt on watercolor. I tried two different ways and finished the cards off using Pen Sketched Flowers Stamp Set and Mega Blessed Die.

DSC02925To begin, I took two 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ panels of watercolor cardstock. I wet the panels. Then, using Purple Wine, Turquoise and Desert Night from Tropical Fiesta Watercolor Brush Markers Set, I added color to the two panels. I then moved this color around with a wet brush. Once I was happy, I then added some salt to both panels. I wanted to see if there was a difference with the way I used the salt, so for the first one, I ground it, and for the second I didn't. Then I left the panels to dry.

DSC02927As you can see there was a difference. The one with the ground salt left a much more subtle effect than the one with the chunks of salt. I have to say I like both ways but I feel that the chunks of salt leave such a stunning background effect.

DSC02928As I didn't want to take too much attention from the background panels, I chose to finish off quite simply. I stamped images from Pen Sketched Flowers Stamp Set onto a piece of vellum using Embossing Ink and then heat set using Rose Gold Embossing Powder. I cut these with the coordinating dies. Then I cut Mega Blessed Die from Gold Mirror Cardstock. I added the flowers behind the sentiment before adhering this to the watercolor panel.

To see how these cards came together please check out the video below or over on YouTube:

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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margaret driscoll August 9, 2019 - 9:43 AM

Hello Lydia
I love the colours you have used as background and the brushmarkers you chose to make the card!
Love Marg

barbara lassiter August 9, 2019 - 9:46 AM

These are beautiful and a fun technique that I had forgotten about with watercolor. I like the simplicity of the design and thanks for the tips on adhering the vellum.

Raji August 9, 2019 - 9:55 AM

Love th card with chunky salt

scrapchick2 August 9, 2019 - 10:40 AM

I love this technique. The chunky salt is my favorite. What is the “watercolor board” you attached your watercolor paper to?

Henriëtte August 9, 2019 - 10:57 AM

Great technique Lydia, love the backgrounds. Beautiful cards, thank you so much for showing. Have a great weekend.

terrie rodrigue August 9, 2019 - 11:21 AM

Both cards turned out really nice but I like the effect with the chucky style….thanks for sharing the technique.

Patricia Wilson August 9, 2019 - 12:50 PM

Who knew you could just go to your kitchen and make such a beautiful card. I love this technique and thanks for showing us how to do it.

Barbara Smith August 9, 2019 - 12:55 PM

Such a beautiful background…great tip. I’m crazy about the sketched flowers

Lagene August 9, 2019 - 1:07 PM

Gorgeous backgrounds, I love the one with the whole seasalt crystals best! Thanks for the video!

Margaret McLain August 9, 2019 - 2:31 PM

I’ve got to try this technique. It’s been decades! Thanks for the reminder

genmil August 10, 2019 - 7:09 AM

You are always full of fun and surprises i love the inspiration that you provide

Jan August 15, 2019 - 11:30 PM

These cards are beautiful. Thanks for a great video tutorial on this technique. I didn’t see a link to the Blessed die here. It’s very nice. Thanks.

Conniecrafter September 5, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Both versions are so pretty and I just love the big bold sentiment with them!


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