How to Create a Sea Swept Finish with Salt Impasto
Artisan Salt Impasto is a powder that can be mixed with any water based paint to form a paste. When applied to furniture or other decor surfaces, it creates a textured finish similar to the sea sprayed salt washed up items that you might find along the shoreline of a beach.
Supplies used for this project:
- Artisan Salt Impasto (if in USA, find similar product HERE)
- Artisan Natural Chalk Finish – Creme Brulee
- Tin decor jug/vase
- Paint brush (not your “best” brush)
- Charcoal Black Glaze (optional)
- Mocha wash (optional)
Salt Impasto mixed with Chalk Paint
As I mentioned, Salt Impasto can be mixed with any water-based paint for this effect, but in this example, I used Artisan’s Natural Chalk Finish in the colour Creme Brulee.
I mixed according to the Salt Impasto instructions on the container, adding 1 part Impasto to 2 parts paint. Mix to a cottage cheese consistency. I found that my mixture was way too thick and so I added more paint (you’ll see in the video).
I then spread and stippled the mixture over the surface, creating lots of texture.
Once dry, I decided to add some Charcoal Black Glaze to get into the valleys and crevices. Apply the glaze, then wipe back off the high points.
Lastly, I added a wash of Mocha (Artisan Chalk finish) but you could use full strength, I just had the wash on hand. (50/50 paint/water ratio)
Watch the Video Tutorial
Here is a video tutorial of the process I used to create this salty, textured finish. You’ll see what this decor jug looked like before I painted it in the first few seconds.
After watching the tutorial, let me know if you have any questions by leaving a comment below.
I hope you enjoy using this texture medium as much as I did. If you’re in Australia, you can find Salt Impasto right here on my website.