Sooo this is my first ever tutorial! yay! (Sorry i didn’t know what to call this background..)
This is step by step spontaneous background for everybody, with only water color, paper and salt you can make something like this, or even prettier, make it however you want it! :3
Background of this:
Or random milky way-ish background like this
Let’s just start.
First off, all you need is just:
Water color (mine is Van Gogh), a brush, watercolor paper (mine is canson), lots of water, salt, and a napkin (mine was from burger king, im not sure if toilet paper makes any difference, but different paper type gives different effect)
(Ignore the Kyuubey, also i forgot to put napkin in the picture)
Step 1- Go ahead and put as much water as you want on paper
Step 2 – Attack with color, whatever color you wish
I personally like to put blue and then blend it with yellow, so i have this yellow – green – blue gradient
Step 3 – Tilt the paper so the water will run around. I have an impression that by this, colors blend in better.
Step 4 – So now crush the napkin and stamp on paper, the better napkin’s shape is, the prettier result you get. I failed this time.
Step 5 – Let’s make the paper salty.
wait for a few minutes and this is what you’ll get :3
You can already stop here if you’re satisfied, BUT because i am greedy,
Step 6 – Add darker colors in to make it more vivid.
Don’t fill the whole area, but only on random spots.
Here’s my favorite part,
Step 7 – Dry up your brush by wiping it on napkin
my other hand was holding the camera..
..And soak up some color on the edge to fade the color out, leaving some harsh edges and blurry edges
Keep wiping your brush and soaking up colors
Repeat this dry-brush fade-out process until you are satisfied with what you have
Step 8 – Put salt on again.
This time, only on some few spots, i put extra salt on those spots that look bad. (yes the bottom part)
Step 9 – Wait, wait, wait and wonder if step 4 was needed.
Step 10 – Protect your work from an enemy
Keep the salts on or not, is up to you, but because the salts stick really hard to paper, i don’t even try. Also salt actually looks cool to me, tbh.
There is kind of similar thing to this too, (i mentioned it before as “milky way”), the only difference is you just need to put water on random spots, but not the entire area,
What i like about this method is when i put random strokes, the color meets both dry and wet areas, it gives harsh and blurry spots.
Maybe you can even paint clouds this way.. but i haven’t figured it out yet.
I messed it up quite badly, but why don’t you paint it in your way ^_^