Lightweight Boards for Watercolor
To make a lightweight board on which to mount
your watercolor paper use a piece of gatorfoam or foam core (available
at most Art Stores or Framing shops). Cover it with self-stick Contac
Paper to make it waterproof.
Keep Your Colors
If you are working wet-into-wet add
gum arabic to help keep your colors from bleeding into each other.
It also increases the binding ability of your watercolors when they
are diluted, makes colors more transparent, and increases the luster
of the color.
Ox gall is a flow enhancer. Adding a drop or two
to your mixing water will reduce the surface tension allowing you
to apply washes evenly on both smooth and rough papers. It also
leaves the paper wet enough for a longer period of time so you can
go back in and blend out any streaks. Be careful! Too much ox gall
will make your colors dull and washed out. Ox gall solution is made
by Daler-Rowney, Maimeri, Schmincke, Daniel Smith and Winsor &
Here is an idea for Watercolorists. The
next time you're going for eye-catching highlights, try white fabric
glue as an alternative to masking fluid. Simply mix the glue with
an equal amount of water and a little non-staining pigment so that
you can see exactly where you've placed it. The addition of non-staining
pigment will also make traditional masking fluid more visible.
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