When I invested in my business a few months ago, I purchased a bulk of art supplies from a man liquidating his sister-in-law’s estate. She was an artist and she had everything an artist accumulates over time: paints, brushes, paper, canvas, other mediums …. I bought all the paper and canvas board he had along with a lot of paint and brushes.
The canvas board is a different surface to work on. The paint sits different and reacts differently than on paper. Despite getting these things cheaper, I still find myself, at times, scared I am going to mess up and waste my materials.
So, I thought up a solution.
I had heard about this medium by QOR called watercolor grounds, that you can coat a regular oil/acrylic canvas with and it allows you to do watercolor on it. It is meant to mimic handmade watercolor paper in texture. I decided I would get some and try covering a canvas board that I had already painted.
I didn’t know what was going to happen, but for a couple dollars I may be able to re-use a canvas board. I gave it a try and it worked.
The first coat I did thin and it moved some of the paint. This made it possible to see some of the paint in the QOR watercolor grounds. I didn’t mind the grey and yellow cast on some areas of the canvas board, but decided to see what would happen if I did a second coat. I let the first coat dry and put on a second coat. No color this time.
It has a rough texture that I’m excited to see what I can create on it.
I am beginning to feel like I can find ways to salvage screw ups. That gives me the freedom to try new things, like this daisy painting
or the abstract at the top of this post (both for sale at the store).
Summer is a difficult time for creating, as I always have someone needing my attention. It’s nice to feel like I can start something and if I get interrupted it won’t be a complete throw away.