This is another painting I put to the side when I had a run of decent painting days, in case of a drought like the one I’ve run into lately. 🙂 I always enjoy painting on Aquabord by Ampersand, because it is such a forgiving surface. You’re painting on what amounts to a textured hardboard surface, so you never have to worry about buckling or curling paper when you hit it with the water, which is great when you like to work wet into wet, as I do. This is M. Graham watercolors on a 6″ square of Aquabord:
I painted this on a good watercolor day, which is to say I knew when to put the brush down and stop fiddling. I could correct some things about this one that still bug me if I had more time. Which is something else I love about this surface: no matter how long ago it was painted, you can always go in with a damp Q-tip or a damp paper towel and gently “erase” areas you don’t like (usually) back to the white surface and have another go. This can sometimes be very useful when working in watercolor, a transparent medium, particularly for a beginner such as myself. I’ve even been known to run the board under a running faucet and gently rub the paint off with my thumb. Although Ampersand doesn’t recommend this. 🙂
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