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Watercolor Paper Salt Technique Video by Patty Bennett


Today I have a Video Tutorial to share with you .. I love to create stamped projects with Watercolor Paper and my samples today feature a watercolor wash background with stamping over them.

As I explained in my video, my dad, Jim Burns, is an amazing Watercolor artist and although I inhereted his love of color, texture, nature, composition, etc., I cannot draw or paint freehand to save my life, so, I USE STAMPS! :)

Patty and dad 2012Yep, that's my dad!  He is a mega-talented watercolor artist! He has been painting since he was a child!  We are so blessed to have dozens of his paintings hanging in our home, and we love being able to enjoy his amazing talents!

Watch my video below for instructions on a fun and easy technique you can create using Watercolor Paper, ink pads and a clear acrylic block!



 (if you are reading this in an email feed, please visit my blog view the video)

Thanks dad for your inspiration and sharing your talent with the world! You are amazing!  Happy Early Father's Day.. I love you!

These are the cards featured on my video.. each one is done with a watercolor wash background and stamped in black ink when the wash is dry. 

Watercolor-wash-lovely-as-a-treeSupplies mentioned in the video - click the items to order online now:

Watercolor Paper #122959, pg 192

Stampin' Spritzer #126185

Clear Blocks see pg 234 in the catalog or Here Online

Designer Paper featured above: Park Lane #133694

Ribbon Featured above: Mossy Meadow #133645

Striped Gold Foil Paper featured below: #133363


I love that every single watercolor wash turns out different.  You get a fun surprise every time you create one of these works of art!

Stamp sets used:  Serene Silhouettes #132073 / 127327 and Lovely as a Tree #128655 / 127793

This is a close up of one of the pieces I added the salt to (explained in the video).


Above and below: watercolor wash samples shown with the Salt Technique (from the video above).



Pool Party, #126982, Lost Lagoon #133644, Mossy Meadow #133645

Hello Honey #133643, Tangelo Twist #133646, Pumpkin Pie #126945

Clear Blocks see pg 234 in the catalog or Here Online

Jim Burns Info: Here are a few of my fave paintings.. you can see more of them on the video above.  You can also visit my dad's website here or view info on his watercolor tips and technique book here.





Jim-burns-point fermin light

Jim-burns-rose garden cottage

Sakura temple

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Jane Giggy

Absolutely love the watercolor technique Patty. I can't wait to give it a try. Your Dad's watercolor paintings are amazing. I can see his influence of painting has shaped your way of creating your cards and paper projects!

Barbara Felece

Hi Patty,
I've always admired watercolor paintings. Your Dad's are really beautiful! Thanks for sharing this great video........can't wait to try this!

Linda Anderson

Thank you so much for sharing your Dad' s work, they are truly beautiful!

Maria A. Rodriguez

Thank you Patty for this great video to make backgrounds using water colors. This is my absolute favorite medium when I color the images on my cards.
Your dad's water color paintings are stunning, what an amazing artist he is. You are so blessed to have his works of art displayed in your home. All of the paintings you have shared wit us today are simply gorgeous, ALL OF THEM!!!!!
Thank you.


Thank you for your watercolor tutorial this a.m. I had forgotten all I learned in my Watercolor Bold and Free classes. Now I can't wait to experiment using it on my cards. Your Dad's artwork is amazing ! He is extremely talented and I can see that you have inherited your love of colors and design from him.

Pat Gasko

Love your cards and I plan to follow your instructions on the background of the cards I need to make today. WOW words can't express your Dad's talent and the beauty he captures with a brush and watercolors. Thanks for sharing

Barbara D Ramsey


I love your watercolor cards! You have definitely inherited your father's artistic talents! I went to his website to look at his beautiful work! Thank you for sharing!

Wishing you a happy week!


Barbara Diane

Julie Rae

Patty, you and your Dad are so talented! Thanks for letting us view his work (gorgeous) and your process. You are swaying me toward the new In Colors as I recently have gotten into water coloring with stamps as the design base and these colors are excellent for backgrounds, landscaping, and flora. Who knew?


Thank you for sharing your dad's art work. The pictures are beautiful. I can see where you got your talent. You are so creative.


A-MAZING. OMG, the cards were beautiful and your Dad's painting are so refreshing! I love art of any form and this is just wonderful!
I have seen you post some of your Dad's work before and he is just a brillant painter. The scene's just seem to pop out at you, lovely! Thanks so much for sharing all the talent, very enjoyable.

Linda Rodenberg

Thank you for sharing today! I am very inspired by your lovely tutorial and appreciate you sharing you dad's beautiful artwork! I enjoy messing with ink too!

Michelle Suit

Patty Bennett! You ROCK my SOCKS! Awesome job. I absolutely love the salt technique. Thank you for sharing what you love with all of us. You are such a blessing. xox

Marti Crapo

Your work is so wonderful and I absolutely love your dad's wonderful paintings too! Thanks for sharing

Deloris Gilmore

Thanks for sharing your childhood with us. No wonder you have so much talent. The beautiful cards you make and your nice flower gardens that you talk about that inspire you. Bless your DAD for all his guidiance in your young life that has taken you to where you are today. Keep on inspiring all of us.


Loved the video, and your dad's artwork is simply amazing. Thanks you for sharing this technique, the cards and the wonderful paintings!

Lynn M.

I now think this is my favorite video! Your dad's artwork is absolutely fabulous!! Watercolor is by far my favorite medium to work with. Your Dad is an inspiration!

Carol Carriveau

Thank you for posting your dad's fabulous water color art work..he truly is extremely talented!!!!!! You are sooo lucky to have so many pieces of his artwork in your home....and yes, you definitely take after him with all that you do with stamps! I did a card using the salt technique but not in the same way that you showed in your fabulous I will try again using your techniques...and Lovely as a Tree....our forever stamp set! Would love if you could please (please...!!!) send a how to on the first card that you shared - with the sea stamps....would love to recreate your ideas. (even if you just send to me directly!). Your videos are all so fabulous - thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Thank you Patty, for sharing your Dad's beautiful and inspiring. Loved your video!

Yoli Gonzalez

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed this video. I love the way the colors looked & I really liked the salt technique. And your dad is so talented. I loved all his painting. You are one lucky person having him as your dad.


Thank you for the technique video! I'm so anxious to try it. Thank you also, for sharing your father's work. I love his paintings! They are beautiful and inspiring!

Claire Ventre

That was so much fun! I've done the wash, but not with the salt - can't wait to try it! And thanks for sharing your father's artwork:)

Kay Jacob

Hi Patty I love this tutorial and am amazed at how easy you make it with the clear block. Can you suggest some other colour combinations please? eg pinks and mauves please.

Rene from OZ  xo

Loved your tutorial Patty, can't wait to try this technique, your fathers art work is amazing.
Rene from OZ xo


Your Dad's artwork is fabulous. Now we know where you get your talent!

Lucy K

Wow! Beautiful paintings. Such talent in 1 family. Wonderful!

Judy Sander

Patty, your sweet Dad has done amazing water color paintings. Always wanted to learn, but life necessitated me working FT and even two jobs at some point. Like you, have reconciled to STAMPIN and a little coloring which I'm still trying to master, but to paint like those displayed........WOW, what treasures!!! Thanks for sharing. Love your WC washes too. They are great for silhouettes.

Matilde Hanna

Hi Patty, great technique and wonderful video. I absolutely love your Dads paintings, such talent!


Hi Patty, Loved the cards and will try the technique. Your dad is really talented. Very impressive art I'm with you love color and can't draw but I can stamp. Thanks for sharing.

Dianne Crowe

Hi Patty, love these cards and will definitely have to give this technique a try. Wish I too could do the work your Dad does. Thanks for sharing both your work and you Dad's work. Just beautiful. Dianne


You had me with your Dad"s picture. He is SOOOOO cute! I always know a video is great when I want to immediately try out the technique. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your father's spectacular talent with us!


Oooo, ms Patti what beauitful work your dad does !!
Wow ,
And also your work is beauitful , I say the apple don't fall far from the tree , lol
I think that's how it said !!! Lol ,
I'm going to try it and see what mine looks like , tfs ,
Love all your work !!!
Hugs Frenchie Hum !!!!

Veronica Petracchi

Oh my gosh his work which I know you have mentioned in the past is amazing! I want to have a class on your tech. For my card group! Your card are gorgeous and most def. need to get me some water color paper... Thanks for the inspiration.

Nancy Ann

Oh my gosh those paintings of your Dad's are gorgeous!!

Thankyou for this inspiration today!!

Judy Trigg

Once again, Patty, you have inspired me! Your talent and creativity are unsurpassed. As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator myself for 10+ years, I have checked out a lot of blogs, and your blog is always tied for first place. Thanks for sharing your great watercolor techniques. Watercoloring is one of my favorite things to do and to share, too.

Would you please consider creating another calendar of your dad's wonderful paintings for next year? Thanks!

Wendy Trankle

These are great Patty! I finally got a chance to sit and watch it and I think I am going to CASE you for a class on this technique!

Linda Duensing, 4 Upland Lane, Savannah, GA  31411

Patty - Thank you so much for sharing the watercolor technique today. I am certainly going to give it a try. I have always wished that I could paint, but I don't have any talent for it. Your dad's paintings are absolutely beautiful and you are so lucky to have some of them hanging in your home. Thanks for sharing.

Linda D.


Both your cards and your Dad's paintings are beautiful! Thanks for sharing both!!

Shawnie Bartron

Wow! If it were ever in question, I definitely see where you inherited your artful talent from! His paintings are absolutely gorgeous! It was a joy to enjoy them. Thank you!

As always, thank you for the inspiration Patty!

~Shawnie B.
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Paula Knall

Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday Patty! I would love to see what you do with that set! Your Dad's work is amazing too - thank you for sharing! Paula xxxx


Wow like how this is done
Got to try this for me
Thank for showing them
Beautiful cards
And you dad work is so so so beautiful
Just like you
Have a very nice day

Lisa J

Have always loved this technique but your tutorial is great, showing how to incorporate it into the landscape instead of just a background piece. Your Dad is very talented!
One question - the card you show at the end of the video where you used The Open Sea on a Z-fold type card - is that card posted on your Blog anywhere? I couldn't find a search box on your Blog to try to search for it. I would love to 'Pin' it as a reference to CASE that card - I just love that one!!


Wow, what a great video and tutorial. Loved seeing your dad's paintings. How inspiring!

Lois Folla

Wow, salt! Very cool.. Your father is so talented too! Thank you so much Patty for sharing that all with us! [HUGS}

S. Carter

Thank you!!!!!! I had forgotten all about this technique! We are making cards for the County Fair, so this technique will certainly figure into some of them. :)

Your Dad's paintings are so lovely! My friend Betty is also a watercolor artist and it just amazes me. :)


Carole Bryson

It was so lovely to be able to share where you got your talent from - your Dads work is amazing !


Your Dads art explains your creativity. You truly are blessed!!!

Angela Walters

Thank you for sharing this tutorial and your Dad's gorgeous works of art.

Daphne Baker

Hi! I just discovered you and it seems I'm very glad I did. I can't wait to explore your blog, especially your videos as those are my favourite. I like your voice, its very soothing, and your instructions are very clear and easy to understand. So, thanks for your efforts and I look forward to seeing more.
Your dad is amazingly talented, his artwork is incredible! Thanks for sharing.


wow, i love the work of your father, what a gift if you can paint like that !!

Jane H Barger

Loved your tutorial! I didn't realize you have such a talented father. His artwork is beautiful. I can see where you got inspiration in your life. Has he ever painted a work based on a photo from one of your trips?

June Lihrman

How beautiful are those cards, you inspire me to try them. Your cards are all works of art in themselves and I can see that your father's talent certainly has influenced you. How awesome to have such a wonderful painter in the family. My daughter has much of that talent and is a watercolor artist also-----but I am afraid it didn't come from me (oh how I wish it did) as it must be so rewarding to accomplish such a beautiful painting. You have certainly got talent girl and I love love love all of your beautiful cards. Thank you so much for sharing them with all of us.

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