“The cure for anything is salt water. Tears, sweat, or the ocean.” ~ Isak Dinesen
This quote strikes such a chord for me. Being near the ocean and smelling the salt air is a wonderful remedy, and certainly tears and working up a sweat have both worked for me.
It was late when I started this and I had a mental image of what I wanted for the page. I didn’t actually write my love letter to the Pacific Ocean, or rather, I wrote it in my heart but didn’t get it on the page.
The paper in this particular journal that I found on sale isn’t very good, so I’ve been using a glue stick to adhere two pages together, than priming the page with gesso.
I used water-based dye ink dripped on a very wet page then moved the ink around with a brush.
Then I added salt.
Flaky Maldon salt, to be specific, sprinkled on the wet inky page.
The salt pulls in the water which causes patterns to form in the nk.
I used my heat tool to dry the page, then scraped off the salt with a plastic credit-card type card.
In the quote, at the top of the page, I embossed actual salt in the word salt.
Unfortunately, I was dismayed when I discovered that though I’d prepped the page with gesso, the wetness of ink and water together had seeped through a number of pages at the center. Wah wah wah wah. I did some clean up on earlier pages (with white paint and some matte medium).
It was the second mishap of the evening. The first occurred when I was rushing to prep this page with gesso before taking an evening walk. The scrap paper I grabbed to protect the other pages was fine one the first side, but it had some gesso on it that I missed when I stuck it between pages on the other side.
Ack! White gesso on the blackout page. I took a wet brush and started cleaning the gesso off and in doing so, took off some of the black paint. I will probably go back and do some repairs. I’m glad I’d finished that page and had photos!
Back to the soothing ocean and tang of salt air.
Thanks for the visit.