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Sheltered among the Rocks

by Caroline , November 3, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: Clay board, dry brush, materials, scratch, sea scape, technique, watercolor

Surf churns the shore as a lone gull sits snug near beachside rocks. A scattering of seaweed lies on the sand. This is painted in watercolor on clay coated board. The surface is sealed so that it may be displayed with or without glass, depending on personal taste. 9" by 12 inches.

This surface is lovely to paint on. It resists water, so you need care about when to load your brush with water and when to use a very dry brush. And it needs more drying time than watercolor paper. It is more absorbent than yupo, and it gives some of the same wonderful effects and same challenges. Lifting paint for effects can be very successful, and you have the added advantage of being able to scratch into the surface to regain bright whites.



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