Watercolor Abstract Landscape, Rinse and Redo: May Madness Day 18

The Aquabord rinsing experiment WORKED!   And I’m pretty happy about it!   Almost a whole day after I completed that watercolor doodle from yesterday, and even though I used some staining (quinacridone) pigments, I was able to rinse it off completely, all the way back to the white surface, and go again.   This was the result:

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I only used my thumbs and warm water to accomplish this, no detergents or scrubbing brushes.   At one point, I filled the sink up a few inches with warm water, submerged the whole (4 x 4″) board, and rubbed at it while it was under water to speed the process.   It took….maybe five minutes at the most to get my board back, as good as new!      Did this painting turn out exactly the way I envisioned it?   Does watercolor ever?   Does anything ever?    But I’m liking this surface a whole lot more now than I did my first time trying it.    (I may really rinse that first one – I was going for something that looked more like this.)  If I wanted to, I could blot/dab off just parts of the painting and re-do it.   Not saying it’s a snap, but in my experience, it was a whole lot easier than rinsing, blotting, or re-doing watercolor with any paper I’ve worked with.

Needless to say, as a watercolor beginner, I’ll be using more of this surface.   And I want to thank Vicki Hutchins for inspiring me with her Claybord paintings, because she made acrylics look so cool on that surface that I picked a few of those up, too.   Stay tuned.    Peace and happy painting to all!

78 thoughts on “Watercolor Abstract Landscape, Rinse and Redo: May Madness Day 18

  1. I like this. It’s so funny to see it though because after reading from Debora Stewart’s book on abstraction with mixed media, my last thought before falling asleep was “I’ve got to try painting an abstract landscape.” It was also my first thought when I woke up this morning, and I was already envisioning the colors I would use. Then I come to my WP Reader…and what do I see! So now, I’m doubly-inspired. Later today I will give it a try with my watercolors.

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    1. Have fun, J, and I’m not at all surprised that her work has you thinking of abstracts nonstop. It is amazing and my jaw drops every time I see her paintings. Even her little color studies make me wanna drool, and wait til you see her lessons on Artist Network. She is wonderful and you’ll learn so much. 💜

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    1. Thanks, Vicki, I’m so glad to hear you like this one! It’s this softness I was going for and it was definitely wet on wet. Very wet, actually! Probably too wet, I have a lot to learn about this surface but honestly as a beginner who really dislikes wasting good paper, I’m loving the possibilities with this!! Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Thanks, Teri. I do too. I was so happy to get rid of the doodle and see the white board again. It’s pretty easy to lift color from this surface, takes a little getting used to, but I’m loving the flow of the paint on the surface. Easy, breezy feeling. I’m really glad you like it. I’m going to call Ampersand today and find out how many times you can rinse! Wouldn’t it be cool to just be able to keep trying until you get something you really love? I just love that thought.

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    1. Jodi, I was dying to see what you’d think of this! I think the surface lends itself to dreamy, because people said that about the other landscape too. And yay for rinsing!! Oh how I love quinacridone everything. Green gold is in here too. Love the brights these days, maybe it’s the weather. Wouldn’t it be cool to just practice skies forever on one surface until you get something amazing? This is why I’m calling Ampersand. Right now, actually. I hope they’re not on the west coast! How many tries do I get lol. One thing I should have noted – I’m gonna trim my nails because I stabbed this surface twice and you can definitely see it. It’s a lot like paper on the surface.

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      1. Well – I DO LOVE IT! And yes – I’m a huge Qunacridone fan too 🙂 I’ve been painting ocean and sky and palm trees – LOL! Not very successfully – but that is what I’ve been painting. Maybe will share. 🙂 Is Ampersand the name of the company that makes the boards you are painting on? I can’t see the nail stabs. Will have to try to look closer. haha!

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        1. Ampersand Aquabord, yup! They make all kinds of surfaces, but that one was designed specifically for WC. I love it when a WC painting turns out. It’s the best feeling ever (and so rare for me). I thought you were doing beautiful oceans and skies last summer, so I bet your paintings look great! 💜

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            1. I remember loving one that you didn’t really like. I’m sure there were more but I remember one, it was pretty plain and simple but the colors were amazing and it created a mood instantly, I felt the peace of the ocean. Pretty amazing and you were really new at WC then!

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                1. Oh, come on we carry each other. We all carry each other! WC is a tough mistress! We gotta stick together! (I’m serious, though, I remember that painting. And I feel like there were others too.) I wouldn’t even try a palm tree so I give you lots of credit for putting brush to paper!

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                    1. Omg you nailed it Jodi. It really is a love hate, at least for me. This is why I ran and bought a bunch of acrylic stuff. I’m not so tense going in, I know I can paint over. As a beginner that really helps! This surface will help me relax more with WC, I think. And I can always use it for acrylics too, any of their surfaces, so it’s all good! I’d like to conquer it too, but I think “trying”, at least for me, doesn’t work. It’s almost better when you expect to produce nothing good, at least for me. I haven’t figured WC out yet. Love hate, definitely!

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    1. Carmel, it was so cool to do this and have it work! I just talked to the rep at Ampersand though and they don’t recommend submerging it because it could invite warp. I think for this little 4″ square it’s ok. He also said you could probably only rinse it once because you’ll start to affect the texturized clay surface. He recommends correcting with a damp paper towel, q-tip, or stiffer damp brush, depending on the size of the area. I’m definitely keeping this one. I’m really happy with it. Thanks!

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  2. I absolutely ADORE this painting! I am not just being nice…..I love this…you are not going to touch it right? It is so beautiful, atmospheric and full of feeling and so YOU. It feels and looks confident. 🙂 I am happy for you Laura. Now I want to try aquabord out.

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    1. Margaret, bless your bones!!! I hardly ever like what I do in WC but yes, I really like this! I’m not touching it. Called ampersand and found out how to seal it and will share hopefully tomorrow plus they gave me other tips. Yay so excited about this surface! Thanks so much, Margaret, you made my day with this comment! 💜

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    1. Oh, the coveted WOWZA from Jill! Oh my iPad even autocorrects it so it’s all in caps! LOL! Thank you, Jill, I was dying to see what you’d think of this because I actually like it. And that never happens for me in watercolor, when it does, I feel like literally dancing in the street (rain or not)! I’m so glad you like this one, and I did call Ampersand and got the info re fixatives and more tips I’ll be sharing tomorrow. I’ll be trying this surface again tonight, really looking forward to being able to easily fix mistakes. I just think it relaxes me going in because usually with WC I’m tense almost before I start. This was really fun! 💜❤️💙💚💛

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  3. okay… the doodle was cool, but I LOVE this! Yay for the rinse working! So gorgeous. When it popped up in my reader I may have squealed with delight. Thankfully nobody was around at the time. Fabulous done sis… the colors are perfectly matched and the compositional balance is soothing and wonderful! 😍

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    1. LOL oh you make me smile and laugh Charlie! Yay for your squeal of delight! And yay that no one heard you lol! I’m so glad you liked this! I was totally amazed. I never know with watercolor, and rarely am I happy with whatever I made but I do like this one. I won’t be changing it! Sharing more information about this straight from Ampersand tomorrow. Thank you for making my afternoon, bro! 💜💛💜

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  4. A success! Good to know Laura, thank you for taking the time to experiment. I like the blending of this second try. Thanks for the link to Vicki, I will take a visit over her way. Have a creative day.

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      1. I understand exactly what you mean Laura. I’m struggling to create much this week, my son is in the middle of his exams and I’m finding it hard to concentrate. He’s really chilled out and I think I’m doing the worrying for the both of us!!!

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        1. lol that’s usually how it works for me and my daughter too (even tho she’s now graduated college and moved on). I understand totally. Try and stay in the now. Usually nothing bad you imagine ever happens. We artists just have great imaginations! It can sometimes be our downfall. ❤

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  5. fantastic resolution Laura! love the soft merging edges and gorgeous red oranges in the foreground. what freedom. you certainly had fun… I can see you now dancing in the gardens with Joy! glad that you discovered these boards.
    I’ve loved them. can’t get them here… but did use them tons when in the US.

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    1. Thanks, Debi! So glad you like it! Blick ships internationally, but I guess it wouldn’t be cheap? I’m so glad you’re already familiar with these!! I didn’t realize they’d been around for long. They are really cool!! And smell great! Yes, this one was totally fun, free and easy. One of those special occasions with me and Lady WC. 💜

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      1. I’ve yearned.
        but wood, is heavy. and customs has a ‘fit’ about wood.
        but paints… gonna do a POST. its $50 for DS quin orange in Perth. yes. ma’am.
        DS price is $14.54 whats up with that! there’s a racket going on…

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        1. Goodness. What IS up with that….? Eek. I could buy it and send it to you, but I had a friend in Oz (later moved back to London) and it was pretty costly to ship to him. And I wasn’t even sending heavy stuff. But if there’s something you can’t get there – I’d be glad to do it, just let me know. Are you guys planning on moving back to the States at some point?

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          1. thank you Laura!
            it is a right royal … rip off. and the artists are getting taken for a ride. every couple years, i have a relative ship things. but, its kind of an imposition. we are here to stay. we do have good medical in Australia, whereas all that – what used to be, in the US has totally changed. health insurance there now has made it impractical to ever consider a return.

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