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Topic: Watercolors on Canvas Panels?? [pics!]  (Read 697 times)
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« on: February 19, 2008 04:51:26 PM »

Alright, so I'm currently working on a picture drawn from a reference of my boyfriend and I, and I am drawing it on one of those 5 inch by 7 inch canvas panels you can find in pretty much every art store. When I'm done, I'd like to color it with a watercolor set that I bought, but now that I think about it, the grain of the canvas might act as a channel, and let the colors bleed.

So I'm asking y'all--have you ever painted with watercolors on those canvas panels, and how did it turn out? Smiley

Anyway, so this isn't all text, here is the drawing:

(And the reference is: http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b122/corro-con-scissors/kissyface.jpg. )

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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2008 07:46:18 PM »

if the canvas is already primed, i don't think it will absorb watercolor...

but golden (their website is goldenpaints.com or something) makes an absorbant ground for canvas that works for acrylic or watercolor. it's AWESOME but kind of expensive if you're just doing one project, but you can call the company and ask them to send you a free sample...the little jars they give out would definitely be enough to cover the canvas you're using...and if you only use a layer or two you should still be able to see your pencil lines.

sorry if that was rambly, i hope it helps some

oh and that picture looks great so far! i really like the composition
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2008 06:09:58 AM »

Watercolor won't work well on this surface, at least not in a "watercolor" way, where you use the water medium to float and layer color. You could probably use them more like you would use acrylics if you have tube colors, laying them on thick. Or if your watercolors are in blocks, mix them up to a creamy texture and lay on color in swatches, very thick on the canvas, but let each dry and don't let them mix together (as you are correct, they would pool up in the channels and you would get an unwanted texture).

But, really, I would suggest you use acrylics or oil on this surface, or transfer the design to one more appropriate for watercolor.

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« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2008 11:53:17 AM »

Please be careful! Many of these canvas panels are NOT acid free and will warp, fall apart and otherwise get ugly with age.

This may or may not concern you, but it's something you should know, I think.

Also, no watercolors won't really stick to that. It's almost definitely primed with an acrylic titanium primer that won't have an absorbent enough surface to hold the watercolors and they'll lift and flake off. Golden is a fantastic company, I have to second that suggestion. They have LOADS of information on their website and as a 'product technical adviser' in the 'fancy-pants artist' field, I have to say I LOVE getting requests for information about their products because it's so stinking easy to find the answers.

Here's the info page on the absorbent ground: http://www.goldenpaints.com/technicaldata/absorb.php
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