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Priming with these products transforms supports not usually used for watercolor, such as canvas, painting boards, and wood, into suitable grounds for watercolor painting.
This primer creates a rough surface on surfaces such as canvas, wood, and board, and restricts the flow of color, resulting in a textured effect. This primer can be tinted with tube watercolor or acrylics. Apply at least 3 layers on the surface with a palette knife or spatula and allow it to dry completely before applying watercolor paint.
Priming with this product transforms supports not usually used for watercolor — canvas, painting boards, wood — into suitable grounds for watercolor. This primer creates a soft and even surface that helps the smooth transition of one color into another, creating lovely effects. It is especially well suited for wet-into-wet application. The primer can be tinted with tube watercolor or acrylics. Apply at least 3 layers of primer on the surface with a brush, spatula or roller. The surface can be painted after the primer has completely dried.
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Makes glossy papers watercolor friendly
By Multimedia Jon
from Washington, D.C.
Comments about Schmincke Aqua Primers:
First use was to prime a cigar box label, embossed and printed on very glossy paper. One coat of primer and I could paint as if it were cold pressed paper. The primer appears to be based on acrylic polymer mixed with slightly coarse absorbent particles. Unlike acrylic gesso the dried surface is permeable and not "plasticky".
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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By Fish Eats Friends
from SLC, UT
I'm a watercolor artist that works on wood panels. To increase my archivability and control over my paints (namely so that my paint doesn't bleed into the wood grains), I decided to try working with a paint primer. This is one of the only watercolor primers out there, so I gave it a shot. Sadly, it's practically worthless as a watercolor substrate, since each layer of paint you put on pulls the previous layer off (either in part or completely--I had best luck layering on just one very thin coat of primer). Also, the pigment seems to want to clump on the primer, causing some areas of deep, glossy color, with everything else being faint and matte. This was especially bad if you did the recommended 3 coats of primer minimum, resulting in an image where huge spots were glossy and the rest matte. I've tried varying the number of coats of primer (from one incredibly thin layer all the way up to 7 layers) as well as varying the texture of the primmer (from completely sanded to rough with the texture of the brush strokes), and nothing helped with these problems. Overall, it's nice to be able to watercolor on anything, however, this primer really is only useful for people working loosely with just one layer of paint.Note: I did not try this primer with other forms of paint (e.g. acrylic), for which is may work wonders.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We're sorry to hear that this primer was not to your liking. We actually offer several watercolor primers, and we'd be happy to work with you to find something that works better for your technique. We hope you'll feel welcome to reach out to our Product Information Team for assistance. Product Specialists are available at 1-800-933-2542 (8am-5:30pm CST M-F) or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
Made my own 'aquabord'.
from Columbus, OH
I wanted to paint, with watercolors, on some clip-boards that I had. With 3 layers of this, I was able to do just that. I do advise applying it with a roller, however. Sponge brushes, and regular paint brushes, tend to show lines...which is horrible for those of us who prefer to use ink pens over our watercolors. Other than that, I really enjoyed it, and will absolutely order more. I wish the bottle contained more of the product, though. After applying 3 layers, I only had a half bottle left. Oh well, I guess that's how companies make money.
Close to what I want
from Prince Rupert, BC,Canada
I applied the coarse primer on a tote bag. The primer works great so far. It is flexible enough so that it does not crack if I bend the fabrics of the bag. The surface looks really close to watercolor paper. The coarse primer is quite thick before it dries out. It is advisable to use a palette knife to smooth the surface.
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