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Daniel Smith Watercolour Ground

Finally watercolourists are not bound to only using paper as their only painting surface for too long, the beautiful medium of watercolour has been confined to a paper-behind-glass niche. Now, with this exciting new ground, anything you've dreamed of painting with watercolour can become a reality. It’s easy to use just brush it on & its incredibly versatile. Here are a few tips for getting the best results.

  • Preparation
    Absorbent or semi-absorbent surfaces require no special prep before brushing on DANIEL SMITH Watercolour Ground. These include paper, canvas & other fabrics, wood, plaster, shells & hardboard. Non-absorbent surfaces such as metal, plastic or glass should be lightly abraded with sandpaper or steel wool before brushing on the Watercolour Ground.
  • Application
    We recommend using Watercolour Ground straight from the container. It has a thick, brushable consistency. Use a soft-haired synthetic brush for a smooth finish or a hog bristle brush for a more textured finish. Since the ground is pigmented with Titanium White pigment, 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.
  • Curing
    Let Watercolour Ground dry & cure for at least 24 hours. This allows it to attain the right degree of absorption.
  • Painting
    DANIEL SMITH Watercolour Ground works beautifully with watercolours & thinned acrylics. Because it creates a surface more absorbent than paper, you will want to use less water with your paint. Experiment & see what works best for you. It also works beautifully with DANIEL SMITH Masking Fluid.
  • Finishing
    As with all watercolours, your work on DANIEL SMITH Watercolour 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.

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Watercolour ground
Really love the product...very impressed with its bleeding quality. Makes it just like good quality watercolour paper
From: Guest | Date: 31/07/2018 6:38 PM
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Magic in a bottle
This is no doubt one of the “must have” products if you love watercolor. Takes your art to new levels of creativity!
From: Kathy | Date: 8/10/2018 8:39 AM
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A lovely ground foundation
This is a very nice product to use. It goes on to canvass or paper easily and spreads beautifully. I live in Qld which is hot but we do have humidity so for best use I leave for 48 hours. So if you have a few canvass' or paper cover them all at once. It also has a lovely tooth when dry so it is also great with pastels. I add a colour to the ground if I am setting up for pastels so I get the tinted background exactly what I envisaged. I do recommend this product.
From: Lorraine | Date: 2/12/2019 8:32 AM
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