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Title: WATERCOLOR BLOCKS
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 30, 2017, 06:23:18 PM
I love working with a watercolor block - my first was a Cotman.

Then I bought what I thought were Arches watercolor blocks from Amazon.  Seems I did not read it close enough.  I saw the French term on the screen ("Bloc Aquarelle") and bought several blocks (or so I thought).   Turns out that "bloc" is pad in English.

So I decided to turn the pads into my own blocks:

I took good masking tape (1 inch wide) and taped the edges of the pad.  Just pull back tape to remove painting. Then smooth the masking tape back over the next sheet.  Much cheaper than buying blocks and seems to work as well.   Will be so much less expensive as the pads are less expensive and have more sheets than the blocks. 

Hope someone else tries this and see if it works as well.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: WATERCOLOR BLOCKS
Post by: Val on March 30, 2017, 06:34:14 PM
Interesting idea Mea.  O0    Never hurts to save a bit of money.....then you get to buy more stuff!  :heeha:
Title: Re: WATERCOLOR BLOCKS
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on March 31, 2017, 09:20:21 AM
Mea, I tried this a couple of times with mixed results. He main problem seemed to be the cheap  student grade paper I used. It really didn't hold up well to a heavy wash. Other than that, it's a good idea if you use heavier paper (300 lb) or make a block with lighter, but stretched paper.

I have an Arches watercolor block. 300 lb. It's really nice, but expensive.
Title: Re: WATERCOLOR BLOCKS
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 31, 2017, 11:03:31 AM
Steve,

Thanks for sharing.

I have several Arches "blocks" coming from Amazon.  Not sure whether they will be "bloc" (pad) or real block. 
aloha

mea
Title: Re: WATERCOLOR BLOCKS
Post by: TeresaM on April 01, 2017, 01:10:10 AM
Thanks  Mea great idea. I will try this out as i agree blocks are very expensive 
Title: Re: WATERCOLOR BLOCKS
Post by: Win on April 01, 2017, 03:54:26 AM
Great tip. Thanks Mea  :)