All We Need is Love (and Art!): May Madness Day 12

Our daughter surprised us on Mother’s Day with a visit! Since love was especially on my mind that day, this painting somehow bubbled up. It was my first experiment using Ampersand Aquabord as a surface.

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Aquabord is supposed to be good for any type of water media, particularly watercolor. You can easily scrape back to the surface, or rinse off the painting under the sink to get (most of) the white surface back. (I rinsed many times, hehe.) I’m not sold on the surface, but I guess it wasn’t bad for a first try, huh? Was fun to try this surface with acrylics.

The end of the week is waving a hand at us, ushering us in to the weekend! I hope everyone enjoys a lovely spring (or fall) day today. Peace.

65 thoughts on “All We Need is Love (and Art!): May Madness Day 12

  1. So lovely to see your heart! So full and loving.
    I have bought two of these blocks but have hesitated using them, not sure what I’m waiting for. You have inspired me, thank you.

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      1. I used to paint on Masonite. I liked it, although I don’t remember the smell. I liked that you could do the smooth side, or the rough one, depending. I would coat it with gesso first, but the paint was always easy to work with.

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          1. I have no idea…perhaps google would know? I just used to get wood scraps from the local lumber yard (they actually had one in my neighborhood in the city 35 years ago!) and gessoed them to get a white surface to paint on…archival never even entered my mind.

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    1. Thanks so much, Charlie! I can’t get enough color these days. So glad you noticed! This one was done in acrylics but I may try watercolor and post another so you all can see the difference. This surface is absorbent like paper, and acrylics even dry lighter on it vs darker everywhere else. This is a 4″ square. πŸ’š

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  2. Perhaps it’s my sweet tooth talking here, but the vivid colours, and the way they run into one another in the finish makes me think of this rather as a sumptuous, sparkling candy. What could be better an offering? Sweet love indeed! But very sincere and pertinent in many ways. Wonderful stuff, Laura.

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    1. Thanks so much, Jacob! I never know how people will respond and it’s so nice to get such interesting and thoughtful feedback. I appreciate your time and visits. And encouragement! Glad you enjoyed. Maybe I should bring this to dinner at Charlie’s, lol

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  3. I don’t know how I missed your post earlier, sorry Laura! 😳 It is so beautiful- just like you!! I did a couple of watercolor bird paintings on this aquabord and really liked the intensity I got with the paints! I also liked the fact that you can fix it and hang it. I would like to experiment more with it. πŸŽ¨πŸ’•πŸ˜ƒ

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    1. You’re so sweet, Jill. I’m glad you’re liking the intensity of the paint on the Aquabord, that’s awesome. Definitely have to try that wc on there then and see how I get on with it. I hope you do experiment more, and I’d really like to see what you create!

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  4. Love your painting! Anything with a heart on it just melts me. ❀ Thanks for sharing what an aquabord is. We do not have it here but hopefully in the near future one of the local online sellers might just carry it.

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    1. Thanks, Carrie Lynn, I like hearts too! I like to try different surfaces, so I will probably paint a watercolor on this surface next to show the difference between it and acrylic on the same surface. The board definitely sucks in lots of paint, so I had to keep adding more to get the same intensity I usually get with acrylics much easier on other surfaces.

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          1. love those flings of good Light!! thanks ((LL)) your working with Golden fluid sure does make a difference, too. I see beautiful clarity and luminosity in these. I’d have ALL Golden acrylics…so yummy

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            1. Oh Debi, I am so with you on this. They are sooo wonderful. I keep ordering more. I’m at this point looking for things I can return to Blick that I don’t feel I will get much or any use from so that if I need a few more colors, I can go for it, but other than that, I’ve put myself on a supply ban until I start getting income from this business. It’ll be a great incentive for me, and I really need to get off the dime and get moving in that direction. Love these paints!

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                  1. lots of ladies spend way more on shopping, shoes, clothes, home decor, hair, nails. or holidays every 6 months, or …. well, fill in the blanks. I just have art expenses. so, I added it up and I actually am the better bargain LOL (I told hims so too! hahaha)

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