In my quest to get better at watercolors, I was having a difficult time with the paper buckling because of my aggressiveness with the water and loose expressive style, in other words, not being neat and tidy.
So I tried soaking the paper and then stapling it down to a wood board. It works pretty good and the paper stayed flat, but the paper tore at the bottom through the staples and started to buckle down there.
1) make sure you leave plenty of extra room around your eventual picture plane. You can see I can no longer use this painting as a 11×14″ because of the torn parts and when you take the staples out. With this extra paper, I will not put the staples so close to the edges.
DESERT MIRAGE paper
Another attempt at a half sheet. I use a 2″ flat wash brush for most of the layout. A #6 round for the finer lines and #12 red sable round for medium strokes.
A full sheet of watercolor paper is 22×30″, half 15×22″, quarter 11×15″. Alizarin crimson and prussian blue make the purple rocks.
This is a girl feeding the seagulls in acrylics. It was a cold day so her face seemed to turn the color of the seagulls.
This is a few freehand horses that were painted with watercolors and pen & ink.
These two expression watercolor paintings reminded me of when I lived in Las Vegas, Nevada. I was a professor of graphic arts at the local community college for six years. I had a boat and traveled around Lake Mead, up and down the Colorado river to the entrance to the Grand Canyon.
I watched an old movie about Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. So I painted my interpretation of them in expression style with acrylics on 18×24″ newsprint.