Watercolor 365 by Leslie Redhead

Watercolor 365 by Leslie Redhead

Author:Leslie Redhead
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: F+W Media

Week 25, Day 2


Salt works best in a dry climate. The effect of salt does not work if you try to blow-dry it, so it is best to let it air dry. But it also does not work as well if you leave it out in the sun because it dries too quickly.

When it is humid, the salt simply doesn’t want to dry. I discovered this while painting Driftwood Gathering. It was winter in Victoria, British Columbia, and it had been raining for days on end. I was in the middle of painting and discovered that the salt wasn’t drying because it was so humid.

I didn’t know what to do, so I experimented. I heated my oven to 200° F, turned it off, then inserted my painting into the oven and left the oven door open. (Well, I had to leave the door open because the painting was too big otherwise.) I am happy to report that it worked, and the finished painting is the evidence! Sometimes a little experimentation pays off.


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