There are lots of ways of suggesting texture using watercolour without spending lots of time painting intricate detail...one of these is using salt. Salt sprinkled on wet paint will soak up the paint leaving a textured effect that is especially effective for snow and frost effects. However this time I used it to help paint lichen growing on a twig. These techniques do need some practice but are fun to try.
I have recently had two articles about painting blossom published in the April and May editions of Leisure Painter magazine.
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Below is the final step of a step by step snowscene demonstration I wrote for Leisure Painter magazine (March 2011). A limited palette of ultramarine blue and burnt sienna works well for this sort of scene. Remember to keep subject matter in the distance cooler and softer edged than in the foreground. Always try to simplify. I painted two further images using a similar palette and techniques. Images approx 10 x 7″.
Salt can be used very effectively to give the effect of falling snow. It’s fun to do and the best results can always be turned into Christmas cards. Also it’s really good practice for working wet into wet.