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90 Lb. Watercolor Paper and Gesso

by vinacurtis , August 21, 2010—12:00 AM

Topics: acrylic, art, surfaces, watercolor

I was given a 9 _ 12 pad of 90 lb. watercolor paper that I really wasn't that excited about because I prefer 140 lb and 300 lb. paper to work with. But, now I am very grateful to have the paper because I have learned that I can add strength to it with gesso and use any medium on it that I would like to work with."Butterfly Dream'in" is an example of ink and acrylic fluid paints on 90 lb. gessoed watercolor paper… Continue reading… 1 comment

This exercise began with writing whatever came to mind on 90 lb. watercolor paper until the entire paper was filled with writing. This was to allow the creative side of the brain free reign in this project. After the page is filled with words or symbols, cover the paper with a thin layer of gesso and let it dry. This process can be done with watercolor, but I chose fluid acrylics and ink acrylics.If you use watercolor, each layer of color must dry completely be for applying the next or you will get mud. Start with light colors. Color the entire page. When you paint over the next color you begin lifting some areas and adding more paint in other areas always turning the paper around and round until you see something in the painting that you want to emphasize… Continue reading… 0 comments

"Everything is Just Peachy" is a watercolor on Aquabord. Aquabord is a beautiful absorbent product by Ampersand. Watercolors are rich and luminous on its surface. And it is easy to layer and lift paint on Aquabord. "Everything is Just Peachy" was a commissioned work for a client who wanted a painting that she could fasten to her kitchen cabinets. I chose an 8 _ 8 Aquabord panel and when the painting was finished I sprayed it with UV resistant clear acrylic agent to protect it from moisture. Aquabord can be sealed and framed without glass. So this was the perfect support for this project… Continue reading… 0 comments