Monday, July 9, 2018

Product Feature: Daniel Smith Black Watercolor Ground

DIY: Daniel Smith Black Watercolor Ground and Kuretake Gansai Tambi Pearl and Starry Watercolor Sets

July is World Watercolor Month, and we are having so much fun!  These coasters don't look like they were made with watercolor, and that's one of the really fun things about using Daniel Smith black watercolor ground.  Their watercolor ground comes in a variety of colors, and can make any surface ready for watercoloring!  Porous (absorbent) surfaces need no prep for application of the ground.  Non-porous surfaces (non-absorbent) surfaces should be lightly abraded with sandpaper or steel wool before applying.  To see how we made these coasters, read on!

All supplies are available at collage.

Supplies needed:
MDF coasters or MDF panel
Sponge Brush
Daniel Smith Black Watercolor Ground
Watercolor brushes
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry Colors watercolor set
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Pearl Colors watercolor set
Krylon Matte Finish Spray (optional for sealing)

First, you'll need to apply the black watercolor ground to your surface.  We love to use sponge brushes to do this.  Make sure you get a good, thick coat of the ground down.  You'll want to let the ground cure for 24 hours before applying watercolor to the surface, for maximum absorption.

Next, you can paint your watercolors on top!  We like to use the metallic Kuretake Gansai Tambi sets, as they have a shimmery, ethereal feeling when applied to a black background.  For a more opaque look, add less water to the watercolor.

After your painting is dry, you can put spray finish on top to protect your artwork.  Using a spray finish will keep the watercolor from smudging.  We like to use the Krylon Matte Finish.

You can use your coaster or hang your art up for everyone to see!