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What's Happening in Your Art World? 12 Replies

Hello,I am a new member. The adventures in watercolor painting can be exciting in the High Desert of California.  The humidity is low and the paper is crisp and thirsty.  I think of Water, Water,…Continue

Started by Barbara Parish. Last reply by Debra Joyce Dawson Mar 11, 2012.

Watercolor Board 8 Replies

Have any of you used the "Watercolorboard" stretching system by Guerrilla Painter? If you have,  how do you like it? I have 20-30 single full sheets of Arches I would like to use up…Continue

Started by June Shull. Last reply by June Shull May 21, 2011.

Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground 5 Replies

Has anyone used DS watercolor ground?  I'd like hear about it and see the results. I'm thinking about trying some as framing without matting and glass is my objective...Thanks,Mary Continue

Tags: Smith, Daniel, ground, watercolor

Started by Mary Byrom. Last reply by Mary Byrom Apr 2, 2011.

Oil Canvas changes to a Watercolor Canvas 6 Replies

YES!  I bought wrapped oil canvas in a landscape size of 4" x 12" and square size 6" x 6".  These sizes are perfect for Plein Air Painting and I wanted them.  :-)Golden Gessos and Grounds has…Continue

Started by Barbara Parish. Last reply by Cecile Hines Feb 7, 2011.

Comment Wall

Comment by Donald Maier on January 11, 2010 at 2:57pm
Good idea... don't know why I did not think of that.
Comment by Ruth Ann Sturgill on January 13, 2010 at 9:28pm
That's really funny, Carrie! We have lots of snow but have finally gotten some sunshine and temps headed up towards freezing!
Comment by Mike Kowalski on January 19, 2010 at 5:23pm
Here is a follow up to the pigment Quinacridone Gold sent to me from Daniel Smith.

The following is the story of DS Quinacridone Gold.

Quinacridone Gold comes in three main shades which were dictated by the automotive industry. One of the most complex of pigment families to create – using over 20 different chemical steps to produce – Quinacridones are costly to manufacture.

The automotive industry decided not to use the particular shade using PO49 and in late 1999 the manufacturer ceased all production. DANIEL SMITH was notified of this and offered to buy all remaining stock, which they did and now remain the only source of this particular pigment of Quinacridone Gold.
Comment by Mike Kowalski on January 19, 2010 at 10:15pm
"Hillary Page's guide to watercolor paints" is also a very good comparison of each color and brand. I believe it is updated from time to time.
Comment by Gregg Caudell on January 24, 2010 at 10:01pm
Suggestions please; I am looking for a hot pressed watercolor notebook. I used to use Arches, Travel Book, hot pressed, 140 lbs, 6x10 but they discotinued it. Any suggestions?
Comment by Mike Kowalski on January 25, 2010 at 1:19am
Gregg, The cheapest route to go is to make your own. I keep my older sketchbook covers, or punch holes on some heavy duty "davey" board ( book binders board ), put in five ring clasps and cut up full sheets into 4x 11" x 15" or 8x 11" x 7.5". There is the Magnani Portofino pad, which is hot pressed 140 lb. 20 sheets available at Dick Blick ( and others ). I believe the paper is softer than Arches though. Good luck.
Comment by Capt Elaine on January 25, 2010 at 9:41am
Cheap Joes Kilimanjaro paper comes in 300 lbs in a sketch book, I really like it because it doesn't buckle like most sketch book 140 lbs papers. Click here to see product
Comment by Robert A. McMillen on January 25, 2010 at 6:54pm
If you want a bound sketchbook, you can also do what Mike suggested and take the pages and cover to Kinkos. They can spiral bind it. I don't remember what the cost is, it depends on the size and no. of pages.
Comment by Gregg Caudell on January 25, 2010 at 9:08pm
Thanks Capt for the link. I'm after a hot pressed notebook and that's a cold pressed paper. I guess the difference is a smooth as opposed to rough texture.
Comment by Gregg Caudell on January 25, 2010 at 10:35pm
great ideas! I like the idea of making my own.


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