“My painting method generally consists of three washes or stages, but when I have a subject that calls for dimensional texture — for example, rocks, trees, or old buildings — I sometimes add an extra step at the start,” says Georgia Mansur. “In this case, I apply a layer of paste or ground, such as Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground; Qor Light Dimensional Ground; or other Golden pastes that work well with watercolor, including Crackle Paste and Moulding Paste. The pastes and grounds dry quickly, but I often use that time to get started on a second piece before going back into them. Using these tools makes my work more three-dimensional so I can really play up the textural elements.
“Watercolor ground is also a great tool for reclaiming my whites if I get a bit carried away. They work similar to liquid paper in their ability to allow me to go back and make corrections — to take a second bite of the cherry.”
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