Let your imagination soar with DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Grounds!
For too long, the beautiful medium of watercolor has been confined to a paper-behind-glass niche. Now, with this exciting new ground, anything you’ve dreamed of painting on with watercolor can become a reality.
With DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Ground you can:
Turn nearly every surface, wood, metal, ceramic, plastic, glass, board and more, into one ready for painting with watercolors!
Rescue a watercolor painting, Titanium White Watercolor Ground acts like a “white out” for artists allowing you to cover up with the Ground and start over in an area with fresh white.
You can paint with watercolors on colored Watercolor Grounds; Buff Titanium, Mars Black, Iridescent Gold, and Pearlescent White.
Transparent Watercolor Ground allows the surface of your substrate, for example wood grain or decorative paper, to show through when you paint over with watercolors.
Add texture to your surface with Watercolor Ground.
The DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Grounds are available in 6 different colors:
DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Ground creates a soft, absorbent watercolor surface with a slightly cottony texture that’s similar to cold press paper. With this breakthrough archival-quality ground, artists can create new work on any surface, rescue flawed paintings, lift and scrub without damaging the painting surface, and frame without glass. There’s really no end to what can be done!
The beauty of watercolor is transparency and transparency is what gives watercolor paintings their distinctive clarity, luminosity and realism. Now, with DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Ground, artists can get this unique visual quality on any surface they choose:
– Wood & Plaster
– Canvas & Masonite
– All types of paper
– Glass & Plexiglass
– Stone & Masonry
DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Grounds:
– Archival and acid free.
– Creates a soft, absorbent surface similar to cold press watercolor paper.
– Excellent surface for all watercolors.
– The Watercolor Ground surface holds up to vigorous scrubbing without any damage.
– Heavily pigmented with a thick, brushable consistency.
– Easy Application.
– Repair and rescue paintings.
– Transparent watercolors can now be shown on any surface.
– Frame without Glass.
– Watercolor Ground can be tinted to create a solid background surface.
– Fantastic for multi-media work—combine with decorative paper, acrylics, pen and ink and collage.
– Nothing else like it on the market.
DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Ground is made by hand, in Seattle, Washington, USA.
Absorbent or semi-absorbent surfaces require no special prep before brushing on DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Ground. These include paper, canvas and other fabrics, wood, plaster, shells and hardboard. Non-absorbent surfaces such as metal, plastic or glass should be lightly abraded with sandpaper or steel wool before brushing on the Watercolor Ground.
We recommend using Watercolor Ground straight from the container. It has a thick, brushable consistency. Use a soft-haired synthetic brush, foam brush or foam roller for a smoother finish, or a hog bristle brush for a more textured finish. The ground is highly pigmented so one coat will cover most surfaces; very absorbent surfaces such as unfinished soft wood may require two coats, allowing the first coat to cure before adding the second. Wash brushes immediately after use.
TIP – when using the Watercolor Ground to Rescue a Painting, thin some Watercolor Ground in a small dish with up to 10% of water and use a soft brush like a hake brush.
Let Watercolor Ground dry and cure for at least 24 hours. This allows it to attain the right degree of absorption.
DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Ground works beautifully with watercolors and thinned acrylics. Because it creates a surface more absorbent than paper, you will want to use less water with your paint. Experiment and see what works best for you. It also works beautifully with DANIEL SMITH Masking Fluid.
As with all watercolors, your work on DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Ground will need to be fixed if it will not be framed behind glass. GOLDEN Archival Aerosol MSA Varnish with UVLS is an excellent spray varnish that will protect your work on any surface. Use it at room temperature in a well-ventilated area.
DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Grounds give artists more freedom to paint with their watercolors; on any surface, rescue a watercolor painting and add more creative opportunities for painting with watercolors!