I finally opened the shipment of watercolor paper I ordered back in April. (Oh, the lusciousness!) And tried the 300# Arches cold press paper. (I may be in love.)
But, as happens when I don’t approach Lady Watercolor in a joyful, bouncy mood…..she quickly stomped on my dancing toes. But wait, I can rinse it under the sink! Yes, except those quinacridones I love so much are stainers. They don’t rinse. And a watercolor fail was soon born. Enter Golden acrylics in Zinc White.
Zinc White is a NON-opaque acrylic white. If you mix it with a touch of the color you’re trying to cover up/correct/blend, you can scrub it in over your dry watercolor painting, and it fades into the mist, as though you never made a correction at all. And no white flags waving! I should have taken a before and after photo. I realize this painting may not inspire anyone to try this method. But you should have seen it before. Having given up on the watercolor, and not wanting to throw the paper away, I thought it would be fun to try painting in acrylic on watercolor paper. (I loved it, by the way.) So I went in with several hard swipes of magenta and quin violet acrylic, thinking I’d try one of my abstract grid paintings. I was able to cover all of those lines, and swirl them right into the watercolor clouds I painted. Without big honking white splotches in the middle of my sky.
As I said, this painting won’t be framed, but for me, it was an invaluable experiment in using acrylic non-opaque white to cover and correct a watercolor painting. I’ve tried gouache; I’m not a fan. Maybe you are, and if so, I’m glad it works for you. What I like about this is the white can fade completely into the background, yet still cover up your hard edge, your bloom, whatever you’d like it to cover. The more white you add, the white makes itself more obvious. But if you like, you need see no white at all, just your beautiful clouds or whatever it is you’re painting. That, to me, is a small miracle. If you’re interested, this is the product I used, which is in Golden’s Open line (meaning the product stays workable on your palette for hours, even days, without drying up). (As a Blick affiliate, purchases from this link will help to support my site.)
Getting ready for July’s World Watercolor Month, as initiated by our friend Charlie at Doodlewash! I hope this sets someone free out there. Enjoy your weekend, especially all the dads! Peace.