Have we reached the finish line of World Watercolor Month? Wow! Was it indeed a challenge to paint in watercolor every day? Yes, it was. If I hadn’t had gesso and/or acrylic paint, some days, I wouldn’t have had anything to post lol. But it was fun, and I learned a lot. I want to thank my friend and WP bro Charlie O’Shields at Doodlewash for making July World Watercolor Month an official “thing”, and for inviting us all to join him in painting in watercolor daily. Charlie, you rock at it, and it is so much fun to see what you create every day. You inspire us all, my friend!
I really had fun with this piece. It began with a 6″ square Gessobord by Ampersand. This is a hardboard panel with a textured toothy clay surface. It is easy to correct, requires no taping down or stretching, and can be scratched into and otherwise abused. (Gessobord and Aquabord are my favorite of the Ampersand surfaces, and I’ve not even tried Pastelbord, Scratchbord, and many of their others yet – but I plan to)! First, I painted the white surface with M. Graham acrylic heavy body paint in Viridian green. Acrylic paint dries pretty quickly in the summer time when you don’t add retarders or gel mediums to slow down the process.
Once that layer dried, I used a palette knife and Light Molding Paste by Golden (which is kind of like Marshmallow Fluff, light and fluffy and wonderful) and spread a layer of this texture medium on my Gessobord. This layer is like a playground; it can be as smooth or as textured as you’d like to make it. I could have colorized it first with acrylic paint, ink, probably even watercolor paint, as this surface absorbs watercolor! I have been saving lids, corks, buttons, bottle caps, all kinds of round stuff that would otherwise be tossed or recycled for months, and had fun impressing them into the molding paste. I shortened an old comb and ran that along the side. (Note: As a Blick Art Materials affiliate, purchases from these links help support my site. Enjoy and many thanks!)
Once that layer was dry (about 2 or so hours in a warm location), I had a surface that could absorb watercolor paint! If you dampen the surface with water, the paint will stay within the damp area, just as though you had used watercolor paper. You can also easily keep color to one section by painting the inside of one of the circles, for example. (I encouraged the color to go outside the lines, cause I’m an outside the line kinda girl, but if you want to use lots of different colors and not make mud, using the impressed areas and rinsing the brush in between is an easy and fun way to do this.) Of all of the products I’ve tried, I think Light Molding Paste is my favorite. Very easy to lift color, too, if you decide it is too strong or the wrong shade. I just love it. I hope you enjoyed it too!
Sunday is a great day to relax, recharge, and get ready for the week ahead. I hope you find time to do something that really makes you happy today. We have to take care of ourselves if we’re to take care of anyone else. Peace and Happy Sunday to all!