Thursday, June 24, 2010
And Back To Watercolor
Of course, after being away from watercolors for ages, I would decide to paint it on watercolor canvas (in a pad from Fredrix)! The canvas buckled as badly as unstretched watercolor paper and it was difficult to paint on it.
However, paint lifts wonderfully from the canvas so any mistakes wipe right off and can be re-painted. The canvas also makes for great texture so I guess the good and bad of it are about equal. It would just depend on how you paint as to whether you would enjoy this support or not.
I'll know to stretch it and tape it down if I ever use the canvas again and I don't think I'd use it for transparent watercolor in the tubes/pans. I've used it before with watercolor "crayons" and that worked fairly well. And I think gouache might work with it ok.
I've had this pad of canvas for years though and it may be a long time before I use it again. The idea of a canvas that will accept watercolor is a good one but, for me at least, the reality doesn't work as well as the idea.