Aquabord

7/26/2011 10:40:00 AM Posted In , Edit This 17 Comments »
Yesterday my friend, Vicki, and I got together for a day of fun!  She brought me some wonderful goodies to play with (I'll show pics later), and we talked and laughed all day long.  One of the things we did was play with Aquabord.  I'd heard about it and read about it, but never tried it, so we gave it a go.  We each had a small (5 x 7) piece which we proceeded to paint with watercolors.  I haven't used watercolor paint in a very long time (with the exception of adding paint to quick sketches), and I always start with a sketch.  Yesterday I decided since this was an experiment, I would just go for it.  No sketch...... the painting shows it!  I definitely do better starting out with a sketch.

Anyhow,  I used a watercolor painting in one of my books as a reference, and jumped in.  I love Aquabord!  I love its texture, the fact that you don't have to stretch it or prep it in any way, and the way it takes the paint.  As for my painting itself, it definitely has some problems.  I haven't tried correcting them yet (my main issue is with the path that looks more like a wall).  When I finish this post, I'm going to try scrubbing it to see what happens.  If it works out OK, I'll redo the path and see if I can't improve on it a bit.  I'll show you the results - for better or worse.

Oh, by the way, I just remembered I can't upload pics from my camera because I'm not sure I know how.  (Sweetie, if you're reading this, stop grinding your teeth!).



17 comments:

bettyfromtexas said...

This is SO lovely!! That path is an easy fix. What I LOVE are all those soft areas of blue (indigo, maybe?) and the beautiful row of blossoms. You've inspired me to try this paper (board:-).

Kat W said...

I've not come across Aquaboard, I shall have to look it up. Thanks for the heads-up.

I really like your watercolour. I especially like the dreamy effect and colours used.

Kat :-)

Sandy in Michigan said...

Nancy, I love this sketch. It's so full of color and motion. You've got me itching to try Aquaboard, too!

Cynthia Eloise said...

i like it the way it is, why don't you just define it with some pen and ink, or a fine brush and a little black paint.

. said...

Oh Nancy, thats really nice, lovely really!!! I love the blues in the trees and the edges of the whole painting. Looks like you ladies had a fantastic time, cant wait to see pictures (right now im cathing up to blogs to visit, been away : )

Happy Summer to you and your family

Mari

Julie Jordan Scott said...

Your painting is lovely... and I love the note to your sweetie about gritted teeth. (makes me giggle!)

Grateful for CED2011 for keeping our connection going!~

mariasangel said...

i think it is fun! the colors make me feel as if i've stepped into another world!

Alex said...

Looks totally fun Nancy =) Must be nice able to get together with Vicki(gonna head over to her site and see her pictures now)

Cathy Holtom said...

This is really good, I'm sure you can fix the path :)

Sandra said...

You're a good salesperson for Aquaboard. The delicate watercolors come through.

whatidoisme said...

Love it - those indigo blues really make it, I think.
Sue

Ann said...

I really like your painting too. I agree about the blue and I like the soft dreamy feel that the painting has. I just tried aquaboard for the first time the other day but had nothing near your wonderful results :-)

Jennifer Edwards said...

Beautiful little watercolor here Nancy! Very atmospheric, I think. Sometimes the ones we just "go for" turn out to be surprises, little gems. This one is for sure. Thanks so much for faithfully visiting my blog. I can't tell you how lovely it is! And I had such a good time in your home state! I'm ready to go back!

kazumiwannabe said...

Your watercolor is magical! Love those touches of blue, and the wonderful feeling of the whole piece.
Aquaboard seems very intriguing, I need to look it up.

Heather said...

Beautiful watercolor! I have never heard of Aquaboard. I will have to look into it. See you do learn something everyday! Thanks.

marancat said...

A lovely watercolour! I think you are right about the path - it does detract a bit from those beautiful blues passages of paint and the soft atmosphere. I am sure you can fix it and I would love it if you post this afterwards.

Peachtreeart said...

You've done such a great job with the Aquabord. I've tried it before so I'm amazed at your result!