Weekly BobBlast Issue 474

Good Basic Info about Painting on Watercolor Papers


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Traditionally, painters prefer to paint on both paper and canvas. The most popular single sheet sizes of watercolor paper are available in 22x30 inches. Papers are also available in various standard sizes in pads or blocks. There are large rolls of watercolor paper - it’s liberating to work on a roll 48 inches wide by 30 feet long! Imagine what you can create on paper that large? 


Watercolor paper comes in varying thicknesses too - I generally paint on 140 lb or 300 lb. For my work using collage, I get the best results with the 300 lb Kilimanjaro watercolor paper. It remains flat when wet. The 140 lb is ideal for my small warmup paintings. 


Another choice to consider is the “finish” of the surface. It will either be Hot Press (HP) or Cold Press (CP). Hot press is smooth, while cold press has a slight “tooth” in the texture. Paint glides on differently on both choices of paper. Try them both and decide!


So why do I gesso my watercolor paper? I like the feel of a pre-gessoed surface. I want the paint to react the same, whether I am working on paper or canvas. I prefer brushing or wiping a professional-quality, thick gesso over the entire surface. Plus, painting on a dried gessoed surface gives me a much longer paint time for improvisation and play.


Watch the demo - I use a beautiful gold gesso by Holbein. They have 23 colors of gesso. 


The final part of this BobBlast is about tearing the watercolor paper. I like to work on a smaller format for my warmups - so I tear the paper into six, 10x10 inch squares. I demo this part too!


Here are the steps for tearing:

•Fold the paper to the desired size and flatten the fold

•Fold back and forth several times

•With your hands, start the tear at the top

•Tear the paper away from itself

•Deckled edges!

•Practice!


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•August 8, 2023

Artists in Action: The Art of Pricing

Sponsored by West Business Development Center 

Tuesday, 12:00 - 1:30 PM PST

This is a FREE webinar!

Click here for more info and to register


•August 9, 2023

Bob’s Monthly Demo - ONLINE DEMO

“Painting Pears, Pineapples and Peppers!”

Sponsored by Robert Burridge Studio

Contact kate@robertburridge.com

Click here for more info

 

August 26-27, 2023

Neutrals! How to Create & Use - ONLINE WORKSHOP

Sponsored by Robert Burridge Studio

Contact kate@robertburridge.com

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•August 31, 2023

Painting the Illusion of Glass Vessels - ONLINE WORKSHOP

Sponsored by Robert Burridge Studio

Contact kate@robertburridge.com

Click here for more information.


•September 6, 2023

Bob’s Monthly Demo - ONLINE DEMO

“Dramatic Landscapes: Clouds and Skies”

Sponsored by Robert Burridge Studio

Contact kate@robertburridge.com

Click here for more info


•September 11-15, 2023

Robert Burridge 5-Day Instructional Studio Workshop

Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting

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Limited to 10 enrollees 

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•September 18-19 & 21, 2023

Non-Objective Mixed Media Retreat— ONLINE WORKSHOP

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•September 27, 2023

Bob’s Goof-Proof Color Wheel Intensive - ONLINE WORKSHOP

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•September 29 - October 1, 2023

Abstract Figurative - ONLINE WORKSHOP

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•October 3, 2023

Bob’s Monthly Demo - ONLINE DEMO

“3 Easy Ways to Draw and Paint the Figure”

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•October 5-8, 2023

Robert Burridge Studio Mentor Workshop

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(includes individual mentor time, demonstrations and personal theme development)

4-day Workshop/Mentor Program, limited to 7 enrollees

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•October 18, 2023

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•October 28-29, 2023

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•November 2-5, 2023

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•November 8, 2023

Bob’s Monthly Demo - ONLINE DEMO

“Reductive Painting: Negative Shapes”

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•November 11-12, 2023

Paint Bob’s Circus - Online Workshop

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Good Basic Info about Painting on Watercolor Papers

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