Painting Fantasy…The Salt Washes…Jody Signs In California

Hello and Happy Hot Summer to all my Blog Friends!

I came home from a trade show in Phoenix at 122 degrees in the sun…Yikes…to a cool 100 degrees at home!

It was great to be back!

***PRIZES FOR WINNERS***

Finally, all the contest winners will be receiving their 8 x 10 prints. I signed each one individually and they are on their way to you.

Thank you for your patience. They will be arriving to you soon!

Enjoy and thank you for your patience!

***THIS WEEK’S LESSON…SALT CRYSTAL WASHES***

This week I looked into different types of salts that I could use in my paintings.  I chose four kinds to experiment with. Two were coarse and two were fine grained salt.

This experiment may reveal that Size Does Matter...

This experiment may reveal that Size Does Matter...

Here are what each of the grains looked like, corresponding to the bottles above from left to right.

Each one of these will create its own unique texture in a wet watercolor wash.

The first one (left), Morton Coarse, was what I was looking for. It was just right!

The first one (left), Morton Coarse, was what I was looking for. It was just right!

To create a very magical feel, perfect for fantasy art, prepare a wash and then when it is almost dry, sprinkle the medium coarse salt onto the surface.

The salt dissolves into the wet wash and pushes the pigment away from the concentrated saline solution.

The salt dissolves into the wet wash and pushes the pigment away from the concentrated saline solution.

This is because of a law of chemistry…”All the particles in a wet solution will be equidistant from each other in that solution.”

Below, you will see the effect of the salt after the wash had dried and the salt had worked its magic.

Salt creates a wash that would be impossible to make with a brush.

Salt creates an effect that would be impossible to make with a brush.

More magic…

I used salt in this dragons wings and breast plate.

I used salt in this dragon's wings and breast plate.

This is to show you the size of the actual salt crystals used.

This is to show you the size of the actual salt crystals used.

I will be finishing these paintings this week.

I will be finishing these paintings this week.

If you have a chance…try this fun and rewarding technique!

Also, please welcome new product to our Bergsma Website:

Travel Mugs

Click Here To See The New Travel Mugs

Click Here To See The New Travel Mugs

I worked on finding this product for an entire year. The tumbler is good for both hot and cold drinks and now in our green conscious society, how better to carry a refillable drink holder. (It has a top that you click shut and seals in your drink) FYI – Most Bergsma images are available on a tumbler, even my new paintings! :)

Again, thanks to everyone for your participation in my blog world and  for helping me with titles, ideas and your friendship.

I will be signing in California next Saturday August 8th at Knott’s Berry Farm…maybe some of you can visit!

Thank you!

Thank you! Hope to see you in person soon!

Wishing you all the best and happy painting,

Jody

~ by jodybergsma on July 31, 2009.

2 Responses to “Painting Fantasy…The Salt Washes…Jody Signs In California”

  1. Those washes are incredible. I would love to see them work in real time, like a video or something.

    • Darling Anne-Marie,

      Thank you for meeting with me Thursday about doing blog videos. This is on my list of things to do within the year.

      As a water-colorist, I work on a flat surface and I would need to mount a camera above my work, figure out lighting etc.

      It’s an exciting, but will take some work.

      If -YOU- my blog readers are interested in seeing Anne-Marie’s “How To” videos, please check out her blog at

      http://soap-queen.blogspot.com/

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