Monday, November 19, 2012

The weekend experiment: Aquabord

I was intrigued by these watercolor boards. The claim was "get rich, luminous color and have complete control over your watercolors." I've been using watercolors since the beginning of my painting life, and I liked the idea of a board as opposed to paper.

The result: The luminosity was no different from paper and I had a hard time controlling the paint. Instead I got a grainy texture that I didn't really like. I used watercolours out of the tube, so maybe that was the problem. Still, I like the idea of a watercolour board. No buckling and ready to display.

My inclination is to scrub off the paint with a wet cloth and use another medium.

Simplicity is the removal of the useless and the unnecessary--source unknown


  1. i've wondered about these aquabords... well, i sure like this *and* i can understand your wanting to wipe it off and put something besides watercolors on it. it's almost as if watercolors need to be absorbed by paper for them to feel right. (does that make sense?) painting on canvas prepped for watercolor and on colourfix 'paper' i feel like this...


  2. I have a few of these boards as well, which of course I haven't tried out, but I like the wash you ended up with in the top half of the composition. The sky is beautiful!


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