Watercolor on Canvas

Painting on canvas has some advantages, such as, no framing, when the painting is done, it’s ready to hang! However, acrylic and oil painting are not strong areas for me, so I wanted to find a way to paint with watercolors on canvas. It turns out I’m not the only one who has had the desire to try this. A quick search revealed a product by Golden called Absorbent Ground that can be applied to canvas that creates a more, well, absorbent surface for the watercolors. I quickly purchased this miracle stuff along with some Gesso.

prairie flowers on canvas

I followed the instructions on the container and was pretty successful. As I painted, it was clear which areas I went heavier with the absorbent ground and which areas I skimped on because the heavier areas sucked up the watercolors like good ol’ watercolor paper and pooled slightly in the skimped areas. Needless to say, if you don’t want the “rainy day” look, make sure the absorbent ground is applied evenly!

The flowers in this painting were directly inspired by Prairie Flowers, overall the design transferred well to canvas.

24in x 18in



19. January 2013 by schristian
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