It used to be that watercolour painters had few options beyond white paper or a few coloured boards. Now you can turn almost any surface into a toned or black ground for watercolour painting, as well as collage, pastels, pencils and mixed media work. This product bshpuld not be confused with Daniel Smith Watercolour Acrylic Gesso which is listed separately
DANIEL SMITH Iridescent Gold Watercolour Ground allows you to paint watercolours on any surface and gives you a beautiful, iridescent gold surface to paint on! The ground makes a luminous gold paintable area when applied to a white surface, and because it is semi-transparent, it allows the colour and/or pattern of the surface it is applied onto to show slightly through the iridescent gold sheen.
For deepest gold, apply 2 to 3 thin coats of the Iridescent Gold Watercolour Ground. Your transparent and semi-transparent watercolours will add a glaze of colour when painted over the Iridescent Gold Ground modifying their colour.
You can paint over an entire surface with the ground or only in areas that you wish to add iridescent gold effects, perhaps using the other DANIEL SMITH Watercolour Grounds in the other areas if you are not applying it to watercolour paper.
DANIEL SMITH Watercolour Ground creates a soft, absorbent watercolour surface with a slightly cottony texture that’s similar to cold press paper. With this breakthrough archival-quality ground, artists can create new work on any surface, rescue flawed paintings, lift and scrub without damaging the painting surface, and frame without glass. There’s really no end to what can be done!
The beauty of watercolour is transparency and transparency is what gives watercolour paintings their distinctive clarity, luminosity and realism. Now, with DANIEL SMITH Watercolour Ground, artists can get this unique visual quality on any surface they choose:
– Wood & Plaster
– Canvas & Masonite
– All types of paper
– Glass & Plexiglass
– Stone & Masonry
Absorbent or semi-absorbent surfaces require no special prep before brushing on DANIEL SMITH Watercolour 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 Watercolour Ground. Be sure your surface is clean and dry before you begin applying the Watercolour Ground.
We recommend using Watercolour Ground straight from the container. It has a thick, brushable consistency. Use a soft-haired synthetic brush, foam brush or foam roller for a smoother finish, or a hog bristle brush for a more textured finish. The ground is highly pigmented so 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.
TIP – when using the Watercolour Ground to Rescue a Painting, thin in a small dish with up to 10% of water and use a soft brush like a hake brush to blend the edges.
Let Watercolour Ground dry and cure for at least 24 hours. This allows it to attain the right degree of absorption.
DANIEL SMITH Watercolour Ground works beautifully with watercolours 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.
As with all watercolours, your work on DANIEL SMITH Watercolour Ground will need to be fixed if it will not be framed behind glass. We suggest spraying with a high quality, Archival Aerosol MSA Varnish with UVLS to protect your painting. Please follow the manufacturer’s instructions for applying the spray varnish.