The Magic of Salt! I thought I’d show how salt features in the work I produce, here both table salt and coarse sea salt have helped to create the pattern of sunflower seeds. It’s exciting when technique and image come together so well. The owl design gets the table salt treatment in his quiff. The wings of this crane get some feathery textures with table salt. Here the use of coarse sea salt in this background helps to give a sense of movement. The owl gets a fluffy feathery effect. Table salt can give extra interest and patterns here on the iris petal. Table salt giving tiny scale like patterns on this turtle. Coarse salt can be applied onto the silk in a controlled line, resulting in a regular pattern appearing to look a bit like icicles. Always apply salt on damp silk, here I’ve drawn a salt spiral. The salt has absorbed the dye and produced this effect in about 10mins. You can even try placing individual grains in lines or circles . After 5/10mins you can see the individual trails of each grain quite clearly. Salt , a very common item in every kitchen, yet so fun and magical to use with dyes on silk, giving extraordinary patterns and effects.