This was the last class of the year and we decided to have a look at what salt and Alum can do.
The 3 different types of salt – Rock salt, sea salt and table salt – produce very different results. You need to create your shape and quickly apply the salt. Don’t try to paint the whole picture first – it won’t work – the ink must be wet for the salt/alum to affect it.
Alum painted onto the paper and allowed to dry will give different results to alum over painted when wet or alum added to a damp shape.
It is worth trying it on test piece first with different tones of ink. Single Xuan paper give the most definite results.
The 3 different types of salt – Rock salt, sea salt and table salt
Phyllis Nash – re-used salt – salt added to a picture that had been used on another picture
Virgin Hayes – still wet with salt still in place