There are several samples included in Golden’s A to Z box that can turn most any surface into one that absorbs watercolor paint. I experimented with a texture product called fiber paste, and it was lots of fun! This is a product that looks like handmade paper when you apply it to a surface. How textured the surface becomes depends upon how thickly you lay it down and what kinds of textures you add to it.
I started with a palette knife on a 5 x 7″ piece of Claybord that I was looking to cover up, because the painting didn’t turn out so great. I applied the fiber paste thinly in some areas and a little more thickly in others so that I could make swirls and patterns in the surface. (You have lots of working time with this product, because it takes several hours to dry thoroughly.) After it fully dried, I went right in with my watercolor paint. I didn’t need to dampen the surface first, because it is very forgiving, and easy to soften off the leading edge (if desired) as you paint. I found colors very easy to lift when the paint was wet also – all the way back to the white of the surface. Once the paint dries overnight, though, it acts more like watercolor paper in that you can lift color a bit if you work hard at it, but those fibers hold on to the pigment pretty tightly, and the color is less likely to move on you.
I was pretty happy with this for a first attempt, and really looking forward to playing with this product more! I love the handmade look of it, and with the added bonus of being able to create textures, skins, etc. – you can even mix in acrylic paint or ink to colorize the surface before you even pickup a brush! So……lots of exploration ahead with this one. This product is available in jars sized 8 oz. and up, and as a sample size in the Golden acrylic A to Z set. (Note: As a Blick Art Materials affiliate, purchases from these links will help to support my site. Enjoy and thank you!)
I’m really enjoying experimenting with different products, surfaces, paints…….feels like a playground. I hope you’re enjoying the ride! July’s edition of Draw A Bird Day is tomorrow, in case you’d like to post your bird art for my roundup later. Peace to all.