Watercolor + Salt Backgrounds

Happy Friday all! Today’s video shares how to use salt on watercolor backgrounds to get textured and colorful backgrounds. I struggle with watercolor, but these are fun and easy to create and they turn out different every time (this could be a fun project to create with your kiddos)! This is also a guest design post over at the Heffy Doodle blog. 🙂

Watch the full video HERE in HD!

(Looking for anything that I used in the video? All of the supplies are linked with images to multiple stores at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used when possible)

To create the backgrounds, I used Gansai Tambi watercolors which are super vibrant and easy to lay down saturated colors. After laying down a wash of colors, I sprinkled a mix of table salt and sea salt onto the surface (different size granules will give different results). The salt reacts with the color and soaks up some of the paint around it and you can add more color overtop for some variation. The backgrounds might not look great at first, but set them off to the side to dry and come back later (don’t be impatient like me)! 🙂

Once the backgrounds are dry, I scraped off all of the salt using an acrylic block to reveal the fun design that it left behind. I cut the backgrounds using Cross-stitched frames to finish off the edges.

One the first card, I used a blue color scheme and a happy crocodile with some wine from the adorable Happy Snappy Crocs stamp set.

For the second example, I used reds and yellows to create the backgrounds and I stamped images from the Ad-roar-able Lions stamp set.

On the last card, I used blues and greens for the backgrounds and I stamped an adorable elephant and mirror from the Elephant Of Surprise stamp set.

To color in all of the adorable little images, I used the Gansai Tambi watercolors for rich color and a fine detail water brush to get all of the details.


Below are all of the supplies used in today’s video linked to multiple stores for convenience. Compensated affiliate links used when possible… Thank you!