The Magic of Salt!

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

 

 

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