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Barb Barnes

15 Days Ago

Watercolor Paint

I have tried W& N and Holbein cerulean blue watercolor paints. Is this a granulating color? If so, how do you guys deal with it? I try to paint sky on Arches 140lb watercolor paper and it just granulates everywhere. Agh!

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Ken Krug

15 Days Ago

It seems to be a granulating color. W&N is known as a consistent brand. Granulating as seen from my quick read as I usually work in oil, is often desirable. I would try to work with the paint’s natural characteristics.. are you using cold or hot press paper? Hot press, which is smoother would tend to show less of the granulation.

Maybe, possibly, you could mix it with some water in a small dish or container with say, a bristle brush, to mitigate some of that affect? I wonder if it is as granulating in acrylic?

 

Barb Barnes

15 Days Ago

I use cold pressed paper. Thought of that after I posted. I'm just gonna finish the painting and see how it looks overall. Thank you so much for answering my post. I hope you and yours are all ok. Blessings, Barb.

 

Ken Krug

15 Days Ago

‘Welcome.. thanks for the well wishes and the same.. good luck with this painting issue.. hot press/smoother finish paper hopefully will resolve the issue, at least to some degree.. though the granulation could add some character.. depending on the effect you’re looking for of course.

 

Hi Barb...I use W&N's Cerulean blue (I do mostly sketches in sketchbooks 140 lb) - and yes it is granulating, but oh! it's wonderful - I actually like it. But I do know other people who don't! So I guess it is a very personal thing.

Vanaja

 

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