A Simple Trick for Adding Dimension

“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.

“Italian Balcony” (watercolor and ground, 6 x 6 in.)

“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.”

“Gnarly Dude!” (watercolor and ground, 11 x 15 in.)

Discover Georgia Mansur’s “joyful palette” process to create rich and bold watercolor art every time!


  1. Definitely would love to see a followup article with more info/images etc; plus maybe a fuller list of usable pastes & such. I used to used lots of modeling paste option w/acrylics “many” years ago – I think it’s great it might work really well w/watercolors too! 😊


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