Gessoed Masonite Try it you’ll like it!

Did you try painting in watercolor and found it unforgiving and
difficult to control?   Don’t give up, learn a fun way to paint in
watercolor that is totally forgiving, fresh and beautiful. Even a
beginner with little or no experience can turn out great paintings.
The solution to frustration with watercolor is a simple one.  With clayboard or gessoed masonite, you
can wipe off the paint and start again. With watercolor on paper,
you probably found it difficult to change things once the paint was
dry. Not so with clayboard ( ampersand)  and watercolor… this isn’t a problem because you
can totally work and rework the surface. This alone conquers the fear of
painting in watercolor and allows you the freedom to try new
techniques not always possible in regular watercolor.

Painting in watercolor on gessoed masonite or clayboard can be just
the thing YOU need to re ignite your interest in watercolor again. With only a
clayboard, a few paints, some acrylic brushes and common household
supplies even a beginner can finish paintings that anyone would be
proud to call their own.

Stop by for my demonstration at:( See my schedule)  and meet Shanti Marie,  one of South Carolina’s Master watercolorists and learn
this simple and easy way to paint in watercolor.

Below are examples of the two surfaces, Ampersand or Clay board is smooth and the other is gessoed masonite which gives you the choice for a textured  surface or the boards can be sanded if you prefer a smooth finish.

Painting surfaces for watercolor

The first example is 300 lb watercolor paper. You can see by the first and the second photo that this paper is rather thick. Most folks frame watercolor on paper under glass to protect the painting and the paper.

This example is watercolor on wood panel, the wood is painted in gesso and the finished painting is varnished or sprayed with a fixative.

Here the watercolor is applied to gessoed masonite ( ampersand and clay board are brand names) this looks a lot like the wood panel but the masonite is much thinner. Folks usually frame this type of painting without glass since they are varnished.

This example is a gallery wrap canvas, the sides are painted so that the painting does not need a frame.

These are just a few of the supports used for watercolor and I’ll post others as I complete the paintings.
Illustration board, rice paper, bristol, cloth, and many other supports are used but the most common is watercolor paper.

recent work in my studio


Here you can see the three paintings I have been working on. I just finished this “Tribute to Monet” piece. The tribute to Monet series has about 15 paintings so far and I’m not sure when I’ll decide this series is complete. I’ve explored this water theme for a while and combined with my Koi paintings, you’ll see that water is in many of my paintings. Simply put, I find water fascinating.
Of course with my Geisha series I have painted about 5 or 6 paintings so far and I would say at the very least, I’m having a difficult time finding my way thru these paintings. I have another few hours to work on the “Geisha Red” piece which is the white face and lips and I probably have less than a day’s worth of actual painting on the large wave and Geisha piece. I can’t figure out where I’m going with this series and I don’t know why I even care… I’ve painted hundreds of Koi and taken them in every direction but for some reason I feel a need for a road map with the Geisha series. I have yet to decide the actual name for this painting. I guess I’ll sleep on it.

Tribute to Monet 24 by 30 inches Oil painting on canvas


Another water painting from my Tribute to Monet series.

This is a large painting I’ve been working on for a couple of weeks. It has a little bit of texture and a wonderful sense of reflection. Walking my dogs in the morning I’ll walk down to the water and come out from under the thousands of trees which have been blocking my view and look up to see something like this. It usually takes my breath away.

$400.00 oil on canvas. The sides have been painted…. so, no need for a frame.