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Why should watercolor painting be limited to paper? Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground enables you to use watercolors on canvas, other fabrics, wood, plaster, and hardboard, and even metal, plastic, and glass. Just brush it on and let it dry to create an ideal, absorbent surface on virtually any material.
Manufactured by Daniel Smith to the highest standards, this ground has a thick, brushable consistency. Apply it with a soft brush for a smooth finish or a bristle brush for a bit more texture. One coat usually provides sufficient coverage, but extremely soft materials such as unfinished wood may require two coats of Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground. Non-absorbent materials (metal, plastic, etc.) should be lightly abraded with sandpaper or steel wool before application.
Because it creates a surface more absorbent than paper, you will want to use less water with your paint than normal. Experiment and see what works best for you. If not framed behind glass, we strongly recommend sealing your finished work with an archival spray varnish.
Iridescent Gold Watercolor Ground
This ground creates a luminous gold paintable area when applied to a white surface. And because it's semi-transparent, the ground allows the color and/or pattern of the surface it's applied onto to show slightly through the iridescent gold sheen. Transparent and semi-transparent watercolors will add a glaze of color when painted over this ground, modifying their color. Add the ground to your entire surface or only in areas where you want to add iridescent gold effects. For deepest gold, apply two to three thin coats.
Pearlescent White Watercolor Ground
Paint on a beautiful pearlescent surface. This ground makes a white pearlescent paintable area when applied to a white surface. And because it's semi-transparent, it allows the color and/or pattern of the surface it's applied onto to show slightly through the pearlescent sheen. Transparent and semi-transparent watercolors will have a slight pearlescent effect when painted over this ground. Paint an entire surface or just in areas where you want to add pearlescent effects.
Shipping Note — Due to manufacturer distribution restrictions, Daniel Smith products cannot be shipped to addresses outside of North America.
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Life changing product.
from Villa Rica, GA
Comments about Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground:
This has allowed me to paint portraits on canvas without using glass, mats and frames. Saves a ton of money.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Watercolor anywhere everywhere!!!!
from Southern Utah
It goes on and stays on! Easy to work with and dries fast enough that you can get started on your project right away.
Fun to work wih - still experimenting
from Warrenville, IL
This is my first attempt at using an absorbent ground for watercolor, ink, and gouache and I think DS delivers nicely here. I've read about some people sanding the surface after application; I would be careful with this because, losing much of it's tooth, it loses some serious absorbency and just sort of sits on the surface. I have found that using a nylon brush to try and even out the brush strokes to produce something like a cold pressed surface. I made the mistake of using a coarser bristle brush and that was too "textured" for more taste, but that could work well for some people
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
from Woodland Hills, CA
The best ground I've found for papers that are too absorbent for pen and ink or watercolor. Downside is that it needs to cure for 24-72 hours before you can draw or paint on it.
from Villa Rica, Ga
I use this to paint on canvases and love it. I've used it for years and haven't found anything that can beat it.
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Small 6x6 Portrait
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24x48 Cotton on canvas
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Cool concept but confused?
from Indianapolis, IN
I applied the watercolor grounds to a Blick wood panel with a brush, and I loved the texture because I prefer cold pressed watercolor paper, which reminded me of it. I'm not sure if I'm necessarily applying the watercolor grounds right or if it's because of my substrate of wood, but it didn't feel that much different from applying watercolor onto wood without priming. There was a lot less bleeding of color.I'm going to try it on canvas soon, so I'll come back with more info about my experience with that.I might not have applied enough coats either (two coats), but there aren't really clear directions for the user (i.e. if you paint on metal, apply a certain amount of coats - nothing like that, which I wish there was if they're going to advertise that this can be applied onto many different surfaces.)
interesting and convenient
from White Plains, MD
I didn't need this item. But I wanted to try it. Love all Daniel Smith products and this didn't disappoint. I'm not sure if I'll use it often, but it's certainly a convenient alternative to scrubbing. :)
(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Daniel Smith ground
from Athol MA
W/C ground can be painted on just about any surface and takes watercolor paint well. It works better than gesso or acrylic white paint, as it is flat and absorbent. Useful to correct that final error on a painting one has been working on for days.....
does the job. sucks up paint
I used the ground on a 16 by 20 heavyduty gallery wrapped dick blick canvas. It sucked up my Daniel Smith watercolors so much it needed layers of color. This was my first use of any watercolor ground. I usually use the big Arches 300 pound sheets. I am not so pleased with the results as it looks more like acrylic paint than watercolor.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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