How to use ROCK SALT to create special painting effects on wet fabric
Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,
Painting on wet fabric offers many different opportunities which are not available when working on dry fabric.
The last two posts discussed some of the special characteristics of wet fabric painting techniques:
- Paint application tools such as paint brushes, sponge brushes and the many other objects which help us to apply the paint on the fabric, have different effects and create other results when used on wet instead of dry fabric. (see Post 58)
- The paint colour-bleeding process on wet fabric needs some time to really show its effects. But as soon as the paint and the fabric are completely dry, we realize that on wet fabric the paint develops its own life. It doesn’t just stay where it was applied but moves into neighbouring areas on the fabric. (see Post 59)
We can assume that further specialties of wet techniques will show up as soon as we continue our painting experiments on wet fabric.
Before we do so, we briefly come back to an insight we made during recent projects:
Fabric painting doesn’t have to be an expensive activity.
Not everything we use for our painting projects has to be bought in a craft shop. We just need to look around us to find new and creative tools and objects.
The nature around us can deliver painting objects which we experienced when we used leaves as stamps in one of our recent projects (see Post 53).
And our kitchen actually can become a great supplier of fabric painting equipment, as we saw already when we did some nature printing on dry fabric, with fruit and vegetable stamps. (see Post 49 and Post 56)
Now, for our next wet fabric project, we go back into the kitchen and this time get some salt which should assist us to create special painting effects.
Using salt to create special effects – A painting method which only works on wet fabric.
I used a sponge brush to apply transparent paint onto an apron which I had sprayed wet before.
Then I sprinkled salt on some parts of the painted areas.
First, it didn’t have any effects.
But, as this zoomed picture of a smaller part of the apron shows, then the salt started to pull the water out of the fabric, leaving little stronger coloured dots.
I took another apron and sprayed it wet again. Then I sprayed it with green and pink fabric spray paint.
Finally, when the fabric and the paint were still wet, I placed some rock salts in a small area of the apron.
This image of the apron shows that the sprinkles caused by the salt are not so easy to see. The effect might have been bigger if I had spread on a thicker layer of paint.
Here, I sprinkled a little bit of the rock salt on some areas of a still wet t-shirt on which I before had applied some fabric paint with a bigger foam brush.
The zoomed image shows that the salt creates little colour dots with stronger coloured edges.
Summary of results and learning effects:
- The salt has to be placed on the wet fabric immediately after painting it.
- The fabric and the paint have still to be quite wet.
- The water-pulling effects of the salt are better visible on a thicker layer of paint.
- The salt leaves little dots with strong-coloured edges on the fabric.
In the beginning, things often run into an unexpected and sometimes unwanted direction.
But the projects above demonstrate that and how our try-and-error approach is a good way to bring us further on our learning path.
Over time, we will develop a broad knowledge and understanding of what might happen with our painting ideas under different conditions. 🙂
I am quite excited and looking forward to further experimenting with painting on wet fabric.
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I wish you a good time,