Happy Monday, my friend! I hope that you had a good weekend. We’re in a short heat wave right now; fitting since it started yesterday, the first day of summer. I learned from someone in the Brusho Fun Facebook group that it’s possible to do watercolour painting on canvas – you just have to prep the canvas. You need a regular canvas – most come pre-primed with gesso. That’s great for acrylic, but watercolour paints won’t absorb properly. What you need is watercolour ground, so that’s what I ordered!
You may recall that I painted these Macaw birds a while ago, on regular watercolour paper with Brusho Crystal Colours. You can find that post HERE, for the details. This is how it turned out, on the paper.
I was pretty happy with how they turned out, so I decided to paint them again, but on the prepared canvas.
MACAWS ON CANVAS
I’ve never tried watercolour painting on canvas before; there is a learning curve!
I like the texture of the canvas. I did 2 coats of watercolour ground, but I think that I should have done an extra coat or two. I found that in some areas, the paint wanted to sit on top of the canvas and when I was blending, the brush sort of pushed the colour around.
While I’m trying to not overwork it, I still see a few spots I’ll go back and try tweaking a little bit more. I added the splatters, to give some colour to the background, without filling it in. It’s okay for my first watercolour on canvas, I think! Have you done watercolour painting on canvas? I’d love to hear any tips or techniques that you’d like to share.
Enjoy your day, and I hope that you’re staying cool, and creating!
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