Rainbow Zebra in Watercolor

Picture of  a rainbow zebra in watercolor

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!

20 Comments on Rainbow Zebra in Watercolor

  1. Pat
    May 21, 2013 at 2:07 pm (5 years ago)

    Beautiful work!

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  2. Francesca
    May 21, 2013 at 9:41 pm (5 years ago)

    She is a beauty!!! :-)

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  3. faerysocks
    May 22, 2013 at 1:07 am (4 years ago)

    What a beautiful zebra! And the salt effects are stunning :)

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    • afternoonartist
      May 23, 2013 at 4:51 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Caitie. I’m eager to try out the salt technique, too.

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    • afternoonartist
      May 24, 2013 at 5:44 am (4 years ago)

      Me, too. I think this painting is so unique.

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  4. The Backdoor Artist
    May 24, 2013 at 9:19 pm (4 years ago)

    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.

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    • afternoonartist
      May 25, 2013 at 5:01 am (4 years ago)

      I agree, Mary, “the colors they don’t come in ARE way more fun!”

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  5. pamtanzey
    May 31, 2013 at 10:42 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh that’s really nice!!

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  6. KPdesign
    June 21, 2013 at 8:14 am (4 years ago)

    I ADORE this!!!!! I’m a big fan of color, so this is one of my favs :)

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    • afternoonartist
      June 22, 2013 at 11:24 am (4 years ago)

      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.

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  7. karyssac
    July 13, 2013 at 1:24 pm (4 years ago)

    This is beautiful!! I love colors and I love Zebras!

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    • afternoonartist
      July 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm (4 years ago)

      My daughter painted this. I think she rocked it!

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