Beyond making the meals I try (and fail) to whip up even remotely bearable, I don’t have much use for table salt.

Especially when it comes to creating art. Always failing to think outside the box, I tend to stick to graphite and charcoal when it’s time to crank out another portrait, but artist Dino Tomic has proved once and for all that atypical materials yield atypical results. While his more traditional work is impressive, it’s what he does with table salt that cannot be missed.

Using massive canvases and the stuff you have in that cute shaker on your kitchen table, he produces works of art that stun viewers when seen with the naked eye and baffle them when passed through an inverted filter.

By placing salt in squeeze bottles that are usually reserved for mustard and ketchup, he draws gorgeous pieces with millions of tiny grains.