Playing with some new substrates

I have been playing with two new (to me) substrates by Ampersand: Pastelbord and Aquabord.

Aquabord is fibre board coated with an absorbent clay. The great selling point is that one can create a watercolour painting on the board, coat it with fixative and a spray artist’s quality finish and then display the watercolour without the need for a glass covering. I played with some 5 in x 5 in boards and then launched an ambitious work of  white-on-white peonies on a 20 in x 24 in board. WAY TOO AMBITIOUS. The clay surface is not nearly as absorbent as watercolour paper and the pigments lift off all too easily. I have put it aside to take some deep breaths and let frustrations fade. I still like the concept of creating a very delicate watercolour that will not need to be glazed…

Pastelbord was developed for dry pastels. It is coated with a sanded acrylic layer. It is a very aggressive surface for coloured pencils. In the interest of creating a little demonstration (for our exhibit of pencil work) of using a sanded surface with coloured pencils, I drew this water lily on a 5 in x 7 in dark grey board.

Water lily on tinted sanded board, 2012. Trish M Murphy

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Trish Murphy

Artist: botanical, still life, and natural history illustration. Garden designer: native plants and naturalistic gardens