As promised in an earlier post here are my comments on using Aquabord (clay board) for painting with watercolours compared to paper as the substrate. Above is a photo of a view of Harlech castle on an 11x14 inch Aquabord.
Before starting to paint I prepared the board by "flushing" the surface with clean water using a large flat brush; this is recommended to remove any trapped air. I allowed the board to dry before re-wetting prior to painting.
The paint does handle differently to the cold pressed paper I normally use when painting wet into wet. The "feel" of the texture was obvious to me in stroking the brush across the surface. Not very clear sorry - you will just have to try it.
The colours pool and blend in a way that they sit on the surface more rather than "sinking in" as with paper. Colours stay quite vibrant, but are better mixed in strong washes. When wanting to lift paint you have laid down it is easier than with paper. Colours may be lifted out while wet and quite easily when dry. In fact the board can be scrubbed clean.
One advantage of Aquabord is that you can seal your painting with an acrylic matte fixative and there is no need to put it behind glass in a frame. Unlike with watercolors on paper. So if you don't like your paintings behind glass due to reflections or colour change with UV glass it might be you will like painting on Aquabord.
The medium needs more experimenting with I think. My initial reaction after a couple of paintings was that I prefer the handling and effect obtained with watercolours on cold pressed paper. What are your feelings about Aquabord?
The final painting - mixed media flower painting on an 18x24 inch canvas. One of my artist friends thought that when I first started the roses in the middle they were collaged, ie from a magazine image or similar. But no, all the flowers are painted in acrylic. The gold sections are cut from fiber/paper that my bouquet of roses and lilies were wrapped in.
I used acrylic gel medium, fiber paste for the textured lines around the geometric spaces and painted it gold with acrylic paint. I also coated the edges of the canvas with gold painted fiber paste so no need to frame.
So a painting celebrating a Ruby Wedding Anniversary - the Red one. What do you think?
This morning I snapped some pictures of roadside wildflowers on my usual route walking Molly my German Shepherd. There used to be more green areas when we first moved here to the suburbs, but gradually over the last fifteen years more and more "breathing space" for the wildlife has been eroded. What beautiful colours nature has dipped her paintbrush in above. Deep, dark reds, lavender, green, gold and snowy white lace.
Such architecture, line and form are found by the roadside. These pods are just bursting with life - literally in a month or so!
One of my favourites the chicory flower. I look for their appearance every year, love that beautiful blue. Across the road from here new apartments have been built on wetland where no longer herons alight on the homes so named for them.
With all the abandoned homes, brown sites and firms that build new stores leaving old ones empty to decay would it be too much to ask that sites already developed are reused? Let's have some wild space left in the next fifteen years. What do you think?
It has been a while since I last posted due to a vacation in Portugal - lots of material there for painting! Though I didn't have much time to get out my paint box and sketch book I did take a few photos. Can't wait to try and capture the atmosphere with my brush.
This is my mixed media flower painting a little further on in the process before I left. Some of the other sections started with more roses, the lily and foliage. The green fibre-paper I fixed with acrylic soft gel gloss medium.
Working on it again and nearly finished -will post soon. What do you think so far?