Silk Painting How to

How To Use Salt to Add Texture

You can easily add texture to your silk painting by adding salt while your piece is still wet.  The salt is a drying agent and will actually pull the dye toward it. You can buy salt specifically for silk painting and  you can also experiment with kosher, rock or even table salt for effect.  It will pull color out of your piece creating darker and lighter sections or it will mix an area where you have two colors coming together.


Salt technique by Mary Kaye O'Neill


Salt technique at Beatriz Castro's workshop.

Salt effect

Salt technique on charmeuse, by Gloria Lanza Bajo 
Salt technique by Mitzi Ash
Salt technique
Salt technique by Connie Simonsen