I have posted this painting in an earlier stage before. It's a small watercolor/ink done on clay board with gallery wrap wood finished 1" sides…unusual for a watercolor. I liked that I could "scratch" out whites if I wished and lift like Yupo. It is a little easier than Yupo to work on but similar. Laying a wash is very difficult (note blue shadow at the base…no way could I smooth that out entirely. Am hoping it will "read" that the floor was uneven since the walls are stone and it obviously out of doors.
The painting was finished by coating it with wax.
It is a soft paste wax made for finishing paintings called Dorland's Wax Medium. Usually it is for acrylic or oil painting but some artists actually use it on paper with water media as well.
I put the first coat on with my fingers. I put a second coat on 24 hours after the first using a soft paper towel. Now I hope to leave it to dry for at least a week. My hope is that it will dry enough that I can "burnish" it some. It has a nice soft non glare finish to it, but I would like it more to "glisten". I think the trick is to let it dry thoroughly now before touching it again. I am wondering about lambs wool or something very soft for the burnishing. Ideas?
Meanwhile I am preparing the 7 paintings I'll need to go into the Hawthorne Park Library exhibit for the month of December. I have one that needs framing but otherwise I think I am set to go. I'll be interviewed on in-house TV on Dec 5th. That's always fun!