Aquaboard (Aquabord by Ampersand) has advantages over the traditional watercolor paintings on paper.
Modern artists have multiple choices for watercolor supplies.
Watercolor may even be painted on a canvas. In addition to paper and canvas, there are hard-boards made especially for watercolors. This beautiful watercolor surface is Ampersand's Aquabord.
Aquabord paintings have the beauty of watercolor without the hassle of paper watercolor paintings. Paintings on Aquabord require;
When I began painting watercolor the paintings were on Arches watercolor paper. It is an excellent, traditional watercolor paper. The finished paintings were matted and framed under glass.
My husband and I were enjoying doing the street art festivals in Florida.
Aquabord (the brand name) is a hardboard made especially for watercolor, gouache, casein, ink and even acrylic paintings.
It is acid-free and completely archival. Aquaboard (Aquabord) is made on a warp-resistant 1/8" FSC-certified hardboard. The base panel is totally sealed. Then one side of the panel is coated with an archival, acid-free kaolin clay.
The surface of has a texture similar to cold-pressed watercolor paper. However, it is whiter than watercolor papers. The white panel provides a wonderful brilliance to our paintings.
The panel does not buckle, warp or shrink, no matter how much water we put on it. Paint colors may be lifted back off the surface to reveal the white board.
The colors remain vibrant and the finished painting may be framed without glass. How wonderful is that!
No more carrying around heavy watercolor paintings framed under glass. And we didn't have to be concerned about broken glass ever again.
The paintings are much lighter weight without glass. They are resistant to dirt, moisture and mildew. There is no glare from glass.
If a watercolor painting on paper was hit by the sun at the outdoor art festivals - oh, oh!
In the Florida humidity, the warmth of the sun could cause condensation behind the glass. Potentially, it could stain the painting or mat. In the worst case scenario, mildew might grow.
No worries with Aquabord!
There are 2 styles of aquaboard.
The painting may go around onto the birch sides. Or the wood sides may be stained or painted to compliment the painting.
Unlike watercolor paper, the Aquaboard does not need to be stretched. It will not warp, no matter how much water we put on it.
The light reflects off the clay surface and shines up through the watercolors to create bold, lively colors.
Watercolors on paper sink into the paper and lose their brilliance. You get beautiful colors by painting on Aquabord.
If the layer of paint underneath has dried, it will remain fixed when you take off the top layer.
Dry paint will come off with a damp, stiff brush. It can remove the paint all the way down to the surface.
We may also use a knife, claybord tools or sandpaper to make highlights and remove paint.
Masking fluid works well on Aquabord without any problems.
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