The absorbent ground is much thinner and soupier and, therefore, smoother. What I like is that these products not only work with watercolor, they are easy to correct. Watercolor lifts right back to the light molding paste or absorbent ground (in this case, applied to the white canvas panel) very easily. Once the paint has dried, it still lifts easily with a damp paper towel or rag.
Artist and teacher Chris Cozen asserts in her videos on Artist’s Network TV that Golden’s absorbent ground can be used to “correct” watercolor paintings by placing the ground over a section of watercolor paper and painting over it. Has anyone tried this? (I had to try painting on the absorbent ground once I heard this.) I find them very similar in terms of absorbency and ability to easily lift back to white. The difference I’m seeing is the much more substantial body and moldability of the light molding paste. I just love love love the look of the underlying texture of both products once the paint is added. It jazzes the heck outta me. And this was really easy to do. Only took a few minutes. The products are quite absorbent, and I needed several layers of paint to get this depth of color, but not much more than I’d need on high-quality watercolor paper. (Note: As a Blick affiliate, I may receive a portion of your purchases generated from these links.)
I hope we are all dancing through this lovely June week! Hoping for more LARGE (well, 8×10″ is still large to me) acrylic paintings soonish! Really enjoying them. And tomorrow will be the June installment of Draw A Bird Day, for anyone interested in participating by posting some bird artwork! *peep peep* Peace.