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Paula Henchell

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on: September 28, 2011, 07:19:05 AM
Hi Dennis/Nolan - There has been quite a lot of talk recently about watercolour paper being mounted on board or being glued to a wood cradle - you then spray it with a fixitive and varnish.  All of this came about as the galleries (in Canada and the US) do not like to carry watercolour paintings as they have glass (cost of replacing the glass) so a few of the watrcolour artists have been using the above method.  I came home yesterday with a board mounted with Arches HP 140 lb paper so am anxious to paint and try this out.  I wondered if either one of you have experimented with this or at least have an opinion - I am usually a traditionalist when it comes to watercolour but it is frustrating when the galleries do not want watercolour.  I think your site is great and I really enjoy the weekly letters - keep up the good work.  Thank you


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Reply #1 on: September 28, 2011, 09:16:43 AM
Hi Paula, I'm afraid I'm also a traditionalist as far as watercolour goes. Actually I have a canvas board here in my studio for approx 18 months now that is specially prepared for watercolour painting and varnishing, but I have not had the time to experiment with it yet. I still want to try it out but I have been busy with a large project that is coming to a completion in a few weeks time and then I will have more time to spend on the forum.

Very thin watercolour paper that has been mounted on board has been on the market for many years now and I have often used them when not having the inclination to stretch paper. -  I've always mounted them behind glass though. I had all the information about the varnish being used and how to do it but that is now in cyberspace when my hard disk failed some time back :heeha:  Will have to research it again.

Soon I will be giving more time to the watercolourists on the forum as I also want to improve myself some more - still lots to learn - I'm sure you will be please with that :whistle:
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Reply #2 on: September 28, 2011, 12:35:28 PM
 :yippee:  :dance:  :clap: Did I mention I may be just a little excited about that?  ::)
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Reply #3 on: September 28, 2011, 01:10:45 PM
yeah me too - I also wanna give watercolor another go.  :yippee: The last time I tried it years ago, it wasn't very successful  :crazy2:


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Reply #4 on: September 28, 2011, 01:13:06 PM
So this will be a marvellous chance for you to really stretch yourself as well! Do you prefer the front or back of the class?  :whistle:  :2funny:
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Reply #5 on: September 28, 2011, 01:17:23 PM
i've always been a back of the class type O0


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Reply #6 on: September 28, 2011, 01:24:01 PM
Me too!  :2funny:
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Reply #7 on: September 28, 2011, 04:45:14 PM
Hey! Don't make bring my binoculars along :eek:
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Reply #8 on: September 28, 2011, 06:21:50 PM
For me it was just better being closer to the door.... :whistle:

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Reply #9 on: September 29, 2011, 12:01:57 PM
as you can tell, Dennis is a sit in the front row type  ;D


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Reply #10 on: September 29, 2011, 01:55:08 PM
Back of the class was like the back of the bus....a lot more fun!  :yippee: Somehow I never took Dennis to be quite so serious....must be the caterpillars got to him.  ;D
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