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BeaSue

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on: December 20, 2014, 06:16:59 AM
Has anyone used this? Looks like it might be fun. They sell very small sizes, so not a huge investment to give it a try.

http://www.cheapjoes.com/ampersand-aquabords.html
« Last Edit: January 02, 2015, 07:29:57 AM by BeaSue »
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C.Bodine

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Reply #1 on: December 20, 2014, 06:32:14 AM
That looks interesting!
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BeaSue

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Reply #2 on: December 20, 2014, 07:02:11 AM
Since it is a clay surface, I wonder if it is similar to hot press paper.
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Reply #3 on: December 20, 2014, 07:04:02 AM
I have some of these. But have not used them yet. I thought when I get real good at watercolor I would try them.  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:

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BeaSue

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Reply #4 on: December 20, 2014, 07:15:54 AM
Uh, Nina...you are there:2funny:

C'mon--give them a try!
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Reply #5 on: December 20, 2014, 09:01:20 AM
I got a card sized sample from the monthly subscription box I signed up for. I keep forgetting to sample it. I'll put it on my to do list.  :whistle:
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Reply #6 on: December 20, 2014, 09:06:12 PM
Sounds like they can take a whole bunch of correction - way cool!
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Reply #7 on: December 22, 2014, 07:58:00 AM
Wonder if I'm too late to start a Christmas Wishlist..?   ::)
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BeaSue

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Reply #8 on: January 02, 2015, 07:36:25 AM
My order just arrived: four 6-inch boards. The have a nice heft to them. The surface appears to be similar to hot press paper--smoother than the 140 lb wc paper, at any rate. I think that once I have completed the fuchsia course, I will attempt to paint a single fuchsia blossom onto one of these squares. And maybe do the same with the remaining three. That would make a nice set of four botanical prints on a substantial surface.
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Reply #9 on: January 02, 2015, 09:50:14 AM
Look forward to seeing how you get on Sue.
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Reply #10 on: January 02, 2015, 11:01:38 AM
Same here Susan, please post about how you like the boards.
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BeaSue

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Reply #11 on: January 14, 2015, 10:33:03 AM
Here is a quickly-done painting done on a 6-inch square of Ampersand Aquaboard.


I haven't painted on hot press paper before, but perhaps this surface is similar. Here is what I discovered:

1.  Graphite lines of your drawing are very difficult to lighten, if you have drawn them a little too dark. You can probably see mine in this painting.

2.  When you wet the surface to paint wet-into-wet, the surface turns a beige color. This beige color disappears as the surface dries.

3.  I found it was very difficult to get the paint to move freely on the surface, unless the surface is VERY wet.

4. Painting the background was the most fun. I used very thick paint: Antwerp Blue + a mixture of Hookers Green & Viridian.

Bottom line: I will probably play around with my remaining 3 Aquaboard squares, but my go-to paper is still Arches 140#.

That said...I was given some canvas panels a while ago, and yesterday I primed one of them with Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground. So we will see how that goes.
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Reply #12 on: January 14, 2015, 11:04:57 AM
Thanks for being the guinea pig and trying this for us - I think I'll stick to my 140# too! Great painting, though!
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Reply #13 on: January 14, 2015, 11:58:17 AM
Thanks Sue for this detailed report. I was ready to buy few small ones to test, but for now I won't have another adventure! I hardly keep up with the missing classes as well as the watercolor course!  :thankyou:
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Reply #14 on: January 15, 2015, 05:59:09 AM
Ohhhhhhh.....I like your results.  :clap:
I am EXCITED to hear your report on the wc ground and see those results!  O0
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