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Monday, April 26, 2010

Monday Inspiration - Salt Technique Tutorial

The background on this card was created using the Salt Technique. It is amazing what a little bit of coarse salt and water will do. Also it gave me a great opportunity to do another one of my string art cards, and how could I pass up that opportunity. (hope you are all smiling over that comment -- more photos today and Tuesday and then on to NEW things from the Summer Mini Catalog.)

Stampin' Up Products used:
Bashful Blue Classic Ink Refill, item #105221
Pale Plum Classic Ink Refill, item #101268
Certainly Celery Classic Ink Refill, item #105230
Aqua Painter, item #103954
Heat Tool, item #100005
Glossy White Paper, item #102599, 1 piece 5 1/2 x 4 1/4"
Old Olive 5/8" Satin Ribbon, item #117292 (in the occasions mini catalog)
Pal Plum Card Stock, item #101658, 1 sheet 8 1/2 x 11"
Filagree Designer Brads, item #112577

Non-Stampin' Up! Products used:
Embroidery Thread/Floss
Sea Salt - the type you grind yourself
Fine Mister
Foil, plastic plate or lid for drops of refill

Here everything is laid out and ready to go. The glossy white card stock was cut at 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" ... I trimmed it further down later in the process as I wanted the Pale Plum card base to frame this.

I made a small upraised tray with foil. I put in a few drops of each color making sure to keep them separate. If you need more ink, you can add it when needed.

Mist the glossy white card stock. The water will bead up.

Then dip the aqua painter (it is filled with water also) or a white paint brush into your ink drops, then brush onto the glossy card stock. I brushed on lines, but you can do anything you would like such as swirls, drops of color, areas of one color etc. It is totally up to you.

You may notice that when wet that the glossy paper will curl. Do not be concerned as it dries it will flatten out. If you want it to lay flat while painting, just curl a bit of painter's tape on the back and it will adhere to the paper underneath and stay flat.

This shows some of the curling. You can add more color in at this point if you would like.

Take the coarse salt and grind or sprinkle it all over the painted piece. Then mist again with water. This will cause the paint to bleed a bit and also for the salt to dissolve.

NOTE: If you don't have coarse salt, you can try this with table salt. From what I have read that will work also. Personally I have not tried it.

You can allow the painted/salt image to dry on its own OR you can use a heat tool. If you use a heat tool, put a piece of foil underneath and keep the heat tool moving. Remember this is paper and if overheated could catch fire.

The ones I made the other day I let dry overnight. The one above I used the heat gun. The result were the same.

Once completely dry, brush off the remaining salt using your fingers or a paper towels. Just be gentle, it will come off fairly easy.

I know this picture is unusual, but I wanted to angle the painted/salt paper so that you could see how the salt changed the coloring. It puts a texture and designs on the painted surface.

I trimmed down the painted/salt paper to 3 3/4" x 5".
Wrapped the satin ribbon around the painted/salt paper to resemble a package, then attached one of my string art (done with variegated embroidery thread) pieces. The center of the string art is a Filigree Designer Brad.

If you saw my video yesterday, there were also samples of the salt technique. I will post photos tomorrow of some samples of both the salt technique and string art.

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Susan said...

This is a beautiful technique and a beautiful card.

Helen said...

Beautiful circle string art!

Lynn Avara-Stover said...

Wow Mary - this is my favorite. I got my summer mini today - I have to have some things as soon as I can order them....

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