Thank you for your comment The salt is something you can use almost too often. It's so easy to use and makes nice texture When I need a certain extra in my artworks and don't want to bother with it too much...the salt is a great option. That's why I need to remind myself "no salt this time, you already used it 1000x times"
Watercolour ground = pure It does give lovely 3D effect while you can still keep the colour transparent and now I'm actually able to paint on large canvas which is huge plus since I need fer larger pieces to my empty walls.
There is only one brand I can get my hands on (I thought I could get another brand from US or Canada, but nope. No shipping available.) and only one painting I have done so far but I've been using Schmincke Aqua primer, coarse. It gave really nice structured surface. I now have same brand but fine ground. I personally wanted heavily structured surface which the fine ground won't allow to do but I guess I'll try it on wooden block or canvas at some point. I probably use it too heavy handed anyway.
With the fine one only a thin layer should do so basically you should be able to do multiple canvasses etc. with it. So it's not that expensive compared to good quality papers. (Or I just might have bad habit of wanting expensive paper. )
White ink! ^^ (At least I hope that's what it's called like in English.) Especially I like "White 2" by DELETER, because it's possible to mix it with water colours which makes them opaque. It's also great for adding highlights.
Yes, I think Deleter mainly sells art supplies for manga artists. I found their products as a teenager, when I was still dreaming of becoming a manga artist Meanwhile I feel more comfortable drawing illustrations for kids than drawing mangas- but I kept my White 2 ink ^^ It's incredibly useful to fix mistakes and add tiny detail (because water colors mixed with ink are not only opaque, but also less fluid, more like toothpaste). I don't want to paint without it anymore.
The only drawback is that it really becomes waterproof once it's dry. It takes a few minutes for it to dry, but once it has happened, there's no way of removing it, exept by putting new layers of color over it.
I still haven't ventured too far into the effects, but I use rubber cement a lot on my main subjects once I finish their color (or the majority of it) so I can then go crazy on the background without fear of ruining my subjects.
Do you go over it where you have colored it? Doesn't it damage the color (+paper) ? I always used the masking fluid on blank, white paper parts (before I started to paint)...but haven't tried to apply it where I have already colored it.
I couldn't find the fiskars masking fluid and someone suggested rubber cement to me. I do use it after I lay down the colors and once it is dry I use a pink eraser to gently rub it away. I didn't find that it damaged the paper at all. Maybe the tiniest hues came off, but not even barely, because I wait until the paper is completely dry before I apply it. I guess it is just preference which order you do it in. I do think it all comes down to how you remove it though, I just use the pink eraser side of my pencils (works really nicely) making sure I don't apply too much pressure. I used it here on the eagles (I colored them first before the lake and background) Oh and don't judge the method on my art level, that was my first watercolor painting.
You're welcome, I hope it was helpful for someone at least And thanks, yeah I found out how fun it was and I've been making more paintings since those. I gave that to my dad and he loved it, so that's all that matters
With salt it's important how wet the color is (but don't use to much water either!) and how much salt you use. The shinier/wetter the color is, the more blurry and bigger shapes will appear. If the color has dried a little bit, the effect will show in the shape of tiny little stars or little dots.
And then the adding of salt...the more you manage to sprinkle it in fewer grains the better. If you drop clusters of salt on the paper you will only get a weird wet looking hill of salt on the paper. The more you are able to disperse the salt the better. Don't add too much salt on one small area, this will only "suffocate" the effect.
I'm still not able to get it 100% right each time. So it's a tricky thing sometimes, when you expect to see large crystals to show up, but you get only small tiny dots on your paper...or vice versa.
Do some testing. Try using salt on differently wet color. Add salt as soon as you applied the wet color, the next one wait for the color to dry a little bit, just to have some shine, the next when it's almost completely dry.
Some tones (pigments) of color do better with salt some not...mostly a darker color, richer in pigment the more likely you will have a better result. But not always.
Wow thank you so much for the lengthy reply! Yeah I guess the pigment/watercolor paint quality affects a lot & I need more experiments on this. But then what's frustrating is after the water dries up, you have to remove the salt and often times they stick.. then I must use a rough brush to clean it all from the paper.. then the colors (and the salty effect) are ruined.. then the whole painting is damaged..!
Removing the salt...sometimes the big clumps dry as a rock. That is a biiiig mess
But if you have a regular dried color with salt on it, you can remove it with paper What? What do you mean?
I take a regular paper and put it on top of the area where the salt is and do some circular movements (with the paper, of course) like you would use a grinding paper to smooth something. It's the same principle, only this time you want the salt to get removed. You don't need too much pressure to add. Those circular movements with the paper will break the salt from the paper.
But be careful with the paper. Sometimes (it depends on the color you used, like magenta) the paper will get colored and if you use it on another part of the painting, color can transfer on it. Look from time to time on the other side of the paper if it's still usable, if not, take another one. And also maybe if you use a thin paper (like a copy, printing one) you can see it tear in the middle.
Just try this on a testing "painting". Make a regular salt effect, leave it to dry and then use this blank paper to get rid of the salt.
On some small parts I do the same circular movements just with my finger. You can try this too...but don't press to much, so you don't "hurt" your finger
I didn't read/hear about this...it was just I always used my fingers (hand) to scratch the salt away. But having a bigger area with salt it starts to hurt. So I thought how about using paper instead...I noticed right away that the salt comes off much easier and with less effort, and I manage to be more efficient too, no salt grain is left But the salt and the color really have to be completely dry of course