Here are some detail shots of different areas of the peonies I am painting on "aquabord". I am trying various watercolor techniques I am familiar with and have used on Arches coldpress watercolor paper. It is turning out to be a totally different animal. You do not get that look of paint that sinks into the paper, nor the soft, subtle self-blending of wet paint side-by-side. Aquabord dries faster, so the self-blending is limited. After I took off the liquid mask, I am re-wetting the hard edges around the mask and trying to blend the petals. In the top detail you can see where I've done some of the outer petals. I seem to be pushing the paint around on top of the board and getting unwanted streaks.
I think it is like any new paper or product you try - you have to experiment. You have to try different ways than you are used to - to get the effect you want. This board is fairly large and it will take me a while - days - to learn on it and make this into a painting.
One more thing about this board - if I don't like what I've done - there is an option to put it under the kitchen faucet and wash it all off - and start all over on white board again! Yes! They claim you can do this! Go right back to white!
Welcome to my art blog! This is where I share my explorations and learning experiences in pastel, watercolor and oil painting. I have had this blog for about six or more years. I am currently entering many national and regional juried art shows. I have a website and sell my work from there as well. I started a group called Reno Tahoe Plein Air Painters a year ago and it has grown to about 40 active painters! Each year brings new challenges and exciting opportunities. I have made many friends among other art bloggers and enjoy visiting their blogs. I hope you enjoy your visit here, and click on the links to my website and the plein air painters to see more!