Saturday, 16 June 2012

Patchings 2012 : Demo "Cockerel with Salt"

First wash for an exciting cockerel using Salt and clingfilm techniques from my new book
"Atmospheric Watercolours"
Patchings Festival Demonstration 2012

I promised I would share this demonstration on my blog for the wonderful people who watched my afternoon demonstration at Patchings Festival but unfortunately had to miss the end of the session due to their coach leaving.

I talked about how to apply salt and what kind to use. My application is explained well in my book and on my latest DVD "Watercolour Passion" in the texture chapters. I use it to create not only interest but movement to add life to my subjects. It is a wonderful way of giving energy to your watercolours.

In this lovely wash the head section is formed by beautiful glowing reds such as Cadmium Red or Alizarin Crimson , this  flows into the body of the cockerel where vibrant orange,indigo and purple merge and fuse fantastically to  form fabulous feathers. While the paper was still wet I placed cling film on top of the next area to again add texture and patternise the section in contrast to my salt effects.

Salt effects during my Patchings Demonstration this week
Beautiful aren't they and simply achieved by salt application and then being left to dry naturally.

In answer to your questions by email and on the day

1) For Ann, When do you add salt? While the pigment is still wet on the paper but do NOT throw it on. Place it carefully and use fine salt for small patterns and rock salt for large patterns.
By the way using salt in beach scenes is  amazing for sandy effects!
I look to see if there is a sheen on the paper and sprinkle it finely then in the direction I want the pattern. Please don't add too much and aim to keep the granules apart in application so they don't form clumps.

2) For Christine, When do you remove the salt? When the paper is absolutely dry. If you have applied it finely it should  come away freely.

3) For Jenny., When do you add clingfilm? Like salt,when the paper is still wet. Using bolder colour gives you a better pattern effect.

4) For Louise, When do you take off the cling film? When the paper is absolutely dry.

I do hope I have remembered most of the questions but please email me if I have forgotten any!

I start with exciting washes and then add detail in my next stage. Sometimes I paint the cockerel in one  wash if it appears immediately.


There is a lovely section in my new book on how to use salt for a variety of subjects and I will be demonstrating at the Mall Galleries, in London on 5th July so I am sure a cockerel will make an appearance there!

I also have a wonderful selection of cockerels in an exhibition in July which I will share on my web site soon!


You see, I do remember and I try to share on my blog as promised! I hope this helps,


1 comment:

aariho said...

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Is it possible to order direct from you?
Greetings from Ã…slaug.