Another take on a pink rose, or Psychedelic flower, as my friend Sam Harrison aptly named it. This time the painting is on Ampersand Aquabord Museum Series Panel, a new painting surface I’ve been trying. Now that the painting is finished I can say that Aquabord with its pebbly clay surface will very likely become my support of choice.
Aquabord takes watercolor like nothing else I tried. It doesn’t bend or buckle, does not need stretching or post-painting straightening. The clay allows for gazillion washes, clearly shows where it is wet so you can’t skip a spot when painting with water, dries to brilliant white or color, and allows lifting and changes of mind with no difficulty. It behaves very much like a Cold Press paper less qualities that I don’t like. It is archival, acid-free and non-yellowing. I understand that it is possible to spray/fix a painting on Aquabord with Krylon finishing spray and frame it without glass. Even better – Ampersand makes Aquabord in a form of a cradle, so work can be displayed without a frame altogether provided sides are finished professionally.
To be objective there were two things I liked less than others. One was that when I wet the clay surface before applying a wash it darkens like wet sand, which makes it somewhat of a guess game what the resulting color will be when it dries. But I soon learned to guess with a great degree of accuracy. And two – it takes more pigment. More pigment than paper that is, but not as much for me to go broke buying more. With this said, in my mind there are not enough negatives to overcome the positives of this beautiful surface. And – No, I do not work for Ampersand!
8″x10″ (20×25 cm) watercolor on Aquabord