Experimenting with new Sub-straights
I still have been painting on synthetic paper, which needs to be framed under glass or acrylic, but I wanted to try pieces that would not have to be under glass. When starting I was not sure how the inks would work on some of the standard artist sub-straight, so I have been experimenting.
Inks on canvas
Normally I paint on synthetic paper, which is non-porous so the inks "float" on top. This makes it difficult to control the inks but also allows for some great effects.
I tried different painting sub-straights with different results. I discovered 2 that I am very happy with and will continue to paint on.
The first is a canvas specially treated for watercolor and mixed media artist. Stellar Nursery was painted on one of these canvas. The finished painting was varnished first with a UV protected acrylic finish then a top coat of acrylic gloss varnish was applied.
The second sub-straight I am pleased with is a wood panel than has been gessoed with an ultra smooth finish. Both Urban Blooms and Ice Comet were painted on this. When completed these were also varnished first with a UV protected acrylic finish then a top coat of acrylic gloss varnish was applied.