If you’ve been following me on Instagram, then you’ve seen my recent watercolors I tried painting onto canvas. I just wrote a post about Summer Decor With A Coastal Vibe and thought I should paint some sea life to add more of a coastal look to our house.
Watercolor is like life. Better get it right the first time – you don’t get a second chance! ~Sergei Bongart
I love to paint, but my favorite medium is watercolor by far! But everyone knows that watercolor is usually painted on high quality paper made exclusively for watercolors.
But a while ago, I discovered that Daniel Smith was making Watercolor Grounds. I’d never heard of this before and in checking it out further I discovered that supposedly by using these grounds, you could now use watercolors to paint over different surfaces! See the photo above that shows a watercolor painted onto galvanized metal! If you click here, you’ll actually see a couple of videos on how to use this product. So I ordered two different kinds, which can be purchased through Amazon or directly through Daniel Smith:
I’ve had tons of canvases laying around and thought I might as well try using these grounds. The one above was with the transparent ground. I used this for my crab. And for the sea turtle, I used the titanium white.
Try to ignore the yellowish canvas because it was really white. It’s just the lighting in our cottage at the time. I wasn’t sure where I was going with the crab at the time, but used various blues . You can see that it looks like watercolor, versus acrylic or oil painting on this canvas.
This is my finished crab after playing around with my paints.
I decided to paint a sea turtle based on this photo I took as our ship was coming into Hilo, Hawaii.
This is the beginning of it…
and here it is completed.
I hung them in our entry so you get to see them right away.
So I have to be honest here and tell you that I really prefer painting on 140# cold press watercolor paper vs. using these grounds on canvas. It might have been because the canvas has lots of texture to it, even though it had gesso on it. Mr. Cottage knew I was getting frustrated a few times, and that’s just not like me when I paint. I would use it again on canvas if it means not wasting all the canvases I have, but I would love to try it on a smoother surface next time. It’s just my opinion. Any painters who have used these grounds before, please let me know what you think of them?
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