Winter Wonderland (watercolor with salt)

I’m not sure what made me start this Winter scene the day after Halloween. I guess I was thinking about the weather to come! I was inspired by my “ready to fall” painting, which started out as an ink drawing of a tree.

My steps:
I drew a few simple tree shapes. Then I painted the sky and ground around them. On a whim, I salted the sky section to give it that frosted look. (If you’ve never used salt before it is a cool technique. Salt your painting when it is still wet. The salt absorbs some of the paint. Wait until it is completely dry and then brush off the salt.) I was happy with the effect. It reminds me of frost on a window. I added white to the trees and a few splatters of white for snow.
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4 thoughts on “Winter Wonderland (watercolor with salt)

  1. This is how I found you! I googled winter watercolor scenes. Just love how you created this, and again, how you showed the steps. I am going to try this for my “winter wonderland” scene for my blog, Artfully Ours. Thanks for the inspiration! I am following your blog, so I will get new posts in my Feedly. (:

    1. I’m glad you like this one! Coincidentally I started another Winter scene over the weekend. I haven’t checked it since I left the paint (with the salt sprinkled on top) to dry. I’ll keep you posted on how it comes out! 🙂

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