Experimenting with watercolour ground

This week, i’m experimenting ! And i take this opportunity to re-paint an old and sucessfull painting on my youtube channel : Rocks and water (very unique isn’t it ?!)

The painting i did a year ago is still one of my favorite and it is hanging right on top of my painting space ! So my goal for this new version is not to do better but to do differently. To help me achieve that goal, i’m using some watercolor ground. I want to test it for painting white area after a first wash of painting and also for creating a very textured surface.

This medium is looking like gesso, maybe a bit thicker but mostly more textured. It’s as if there is something like sand in it. It’s totally ok to mix it with water in order to thin it down a little bit (but not too much water !). I’ve chosen to apply it with a plastic card, like a credit card, but it’s also possible to use a palette knife or a brush with it. But do not use your most favorite brushes with it because it is a bit like acrylic paint and it will damage your brush if not rinse carefully. Thanks to my plastic card i was able to move it around my page easily and i had a lot of time to carve the texture i wanted. It’s quite a long drying paint so you have to wait at least 24h before painting on top of it. Maybe even more if the layer is quite thick.

The result is very intersting and i’m very happy with it. It could be a very usefull tool and i’ll explore it more !

Painting with watercolor ground

Painting with watercolor ground - ENGLISH VERSION

Supplies :
Brushe : Escoda Aquario nº18.
Paper : Canson Héritage rough.
Colors : Ultramarine blue (Sennelier), Viridian (Schmincke), yellow ochre (Daniel Smith), Aussie red gold (Daniel Smith), Quinacridone burnt scarlet (Daniel Smith), Burnt sienna (Schmincke), Lunar blue (Daniel Smith).

And here you have the finished painting (click to enlarge) :

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