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Mix Collage and Watercolor - A Demonstration


 
   
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An Artist's Point of View

For too long, the beautiful medium of watercolor has been confi ned to a paper-behind-glass niche. Now, with this exciting new ground, watercolor can enter the world of multi-media.

Let your imagination go wild—paint on wood, stone, add paper, fabric, metal, found objects…there is absolutely no limit to what you can create using DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Ground.

With this exciting new ground, painting on virtually anything is now possible. Your watercolor work can become dimensional and mix with many mediums. It’s easy to use—just brush it on—and incredibly versatile. Here are a few tips for getting the best results.

  • Preparation
    Absorbent or semi-absorbent surfaces require no special prep before brushing on DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Ground. These include paper, canvas and other fabrics, wood, plaster, shells and hardboard.
  • Non-absorbent surfaces such as metal, plastic or glass should be lightly abraded with sandpaper or steel wool before brushing on the Watercolor Ground.

This collage demonstration, “Wired”, mixes wood, decorative paper, old maps, pins and string, creating an unusual collection of materials held together by a watercolor painting.

Demo Step 1

I knew this interesting piece of found barn wood would make a great collage. I began with one coat of Watercolor Ground and let it dry overnight. (Click image to view larger.)

Application
We recommend using Watercolor Ground straight from the container. It has a thick, brushable consistency. Use a soft-haired synthetic brush for a smooth finish or a hog bristle brush for a more textured finish.

Since the ground is pigmented with Titanium White pigment, one coat will cover most surfaces; very absorbent surfaces such as unfinished soft wood may require two coats, allowing the first coat to cure before adding the second. Wash brushes immediately after use.

Curing
Let Watercolor Ground dry and cure for at least 24 hours. This allows it to attain the right degree of absorption.

Demo Step 2

As I played with different shapes and textures, some ideas started to gel. I added more Watercolor Ground and sketched with a light-colored watercolor pencil.
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Painting
DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Ground works beautifully with watercolors and thinned acrylics. Because it creates a surface more absorbent than paper, you will want to use less water with your paint. Experiment and see what works best for you. It also works beautifully with DANIEL SMITH Masking Fluid.

Demo Step 3

I added torn decorative paper, sewing some of the sections together, and began painting with watercolor while defining areas. I also added a bit more Ground.
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Demo Step 4

With the watercolor painting complete, I glued on paper with Acrylic Medium. Finally, I trimmed the wood and sprayed the entire surface with UV Archival Varnish.
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Finishing
As with all watercolors, your work on DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Ground will need to be fixed if it will not be framed behind glass. GOLDEN Archival Aerosol MSA Varnish with UVLS is an excellent spray varnish that will protect your work on any surface. Use it at room temperature in a well-ventilated area.

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