Daniel Smith's Watercolor Ground (DSWG) since it first came out. My subject.... a cigar box :) No, I'm not a closet cigar smoker! Gag!
It's all about repurposing, and now that the smell from the little devil's finally faded, I'm quite excited about the possibilities. Tip: if you have a cigar store in your town, check them out. They sell their boxes for very, very little... Our local store asked $1.00 for the cardboard boxes and $2.00 for the wood boxes!
Once applied, the DSWG has to cure for 24 to 72 hours before applying watercolor or acrylic. It can also be thinned up to 10% with water. You can see in my second image that the ground looks thin in some spots. My intuition was telling me to add a bit more to even out the first coat, but my adventurous side wanted to see if the uneven coating really mattered. I had several cigar boxes that I applied the DSWG to. My studio was filled with the essence of gesso..... it was a bit too strong from my nose.
Well, yes and no. The lower left corner was a bit too thin and when you view the box in person you can tell.
Painting on the DSWG was similar to the feel of painting on watercolor canvas. It was necessary to dry each application of paint with a hairdryer. Lifting paint is easy and I didn't see any wear on the surface. Truth be told, my lifting was more like scrubbing.....
Almost done! I'll let this sit for a couple of days and no doubt tweak the image a bit more. The last step will be to spray it with Golden's MSA Archival Spray Varnish to seal the surface.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Fish Haul is on Hilton Head Island and borders Port Royal Sound. It's a birder's paradise and an ecological wonder. Every SC Low Country Master Naturalist class gets a field trip here and is warned not to get stuck in the pluff mud.
We spent about an hour on the beach. The receding tide moved out quickly and shorebirds that had settled on the highest ground at high tide took flight several times, moving farther out into the Sound, landing on newly visible shoals. Pelicans, gulls and skimmers filled the sky! Great Egrets started to collect just past the large rock eddy. They know there's good fishing in shallow tidal pools :)