Painting every day in May with my talented buddies Debi Riley and Margaret Parker Brown has been lots of fun so far. I’ve been enjoying trying out a new (for me) medium in acrylics and having a go with new surfaces as well, such as the one featured today.
This is an abstract watercolor landscape on 4 x 4″ Aquabord, made by Ampersand. This is a patented, acid-free and archival surface adhered to (my best guess) Masonite board. (It smells just like Masonite, and I LOVE that smell. You already knew I was a bit odd, right?) You may recall my post from last week in which I tried this surface with (mostly) fluid acrylics by Golden. I am happy to say that I liked this surface even more for watercolor paints. Any time a new surface is used, there is a learning curve, of course, so keep that in mind.
I’m finding Aquabord to be every bit as “fiddle-able” as 300 lb. watercolor paper, in my experience. I only had a few minutes before dinner time to create this painting, and I was able to fiddle with it as it dried with hardly any kicks or stomps flung by the medium toward my dancing toes. I will test this theory tomorrow, but I think I could have rinsed this off and painted again on an almost white surface. (Oh, and I am dying to rinse half that sky and go again hehe.) Not sure how letting this dry overnight will affect the rinsing process. We shall see!
One nit: This is now the second panel I’ve used from the same 4-pack, and with both, I had a slight flaking of the top surface coating at the edges of the board. Not on all four sides, but enough on one side that I wouldn’t want to, for example, put this in a shop for sale. I’m hoping that this is a defective pack, vs. an issue with the surface as a whole. I noticed it with my acrylic painting too, but I had rinsed that so many times that I thought that might be the issue. I didn’t rinse this one at all.
I’m going to give Blick a call in the morning and I bet they will immediately FedEx another 4-pack out to me. UPDATE: I called Blick, spoke with one of the artists/product specialists, and was assured that the surface should not flake. They are sending another pack of Aquabord right out in the morning, and I should have by the end of the week. Have I mentioned I love Dick Blick? Their service is always stellar and they stand behind what they sell. I’d be curious to know your experience with Aquabord too!
I wish you a happy and productive week, and may the sun show her face to you wherever you go! Peace.