How awesome is this watercolor painting? My daughter painted this rainbow zebra last night. She used a variety of different types of salt–table salt, sea salt, and kosher salt–to achieve the texture. Traditional table salt results in more subtle texture and coarse salt results in a larger, bolder texture. To create these textures, she sprinkled the wet paint with salt, which displaced the water and resulted in the texture you see above. I love how she encouraged the rainbow stripes to pool into the zebra’s mane and merge together randomly. She used a fan brush to create the texture in the mane and to spatter paint on top of the painting. Well done, my girl, well done!
22 thoughts on “Rainbow Zebra in Watercolor”
What a creative family!
She is a beauty!!! 🙂
What a beautiful zebra! And the salt effects are stunning 🙂
Thanks, Caitie. I’m eager to try out the salt technique, too.
Me, too. I think this painting is so unique.
This reminds me of my granddaughter. She loves to paint with “the colors they don’t come in, you know Grandma, they are more fun.” This was how she described her purple, pink, and green giraffe.
This zebra is simply stunning! So much joy. Thanks for sharing it with us.
I agree, Mary, “the colors they don’t come in ARE way more fun!”
Oh that’s really nice!!
I ADORE this!!!!! I’m a big fan of color, so this is one of my favs 🙂
I’m a big fan of color, too–the more the merrier, so this is one of my favs, too. Did you see my rainbow tulips? That painting is one of my favorites, too.
This is beautiful!! I love colors and I love Zebras!
My daughter painted this. I think she rocked it!
She is an adult. She used brushes to apply the paint and then sprinkled salt on the wet paint to achieve the texture.
wow, how old is your daughter? how did she apply the watercolor with brushes? Looking for an art project for my daughter…