Black Watercolor Ground Inspiration

DANIEL SMITH Mars Black Watercolor Grounds and Jean Haines' All That Shimmers Watercolor Set with projects and other Luminescent Watercolors

The Jean Haines’ All That Shimmers Set Watercolors are beautiful on white watercolor paper as she paints with them by themselves, mixed with other colors, applied as glazes, and when used on a black surface they take on a whole new dimension! 

DANIEL SMITH Mars Black Watercolor Grounds, Jean Haines' All That Shimmers Watercolor Set with paint tubes and palette.
DANIEL SMITH Mars Black Watercolor Grounds, Jean Haines’ All That Shimmers Watercolor Set

In the Jean Haines’ All That Shimmers Set there is a sample of watercolor paper painted with DANIEL SMITH Mars Black Watercolor Ground to inspire you to try the shimmering colors on a black surface: 

On a black surface like the Watercolor Ground, these colors have a glowing luster that is nearly magical! 

Not only do the DANIEL SMITH Luminescent (Shimmering) Watercolors look great on a black surface, the Mars Black Watercolor Ground allows you to paint with watercolors on nearly any surface.  Not just flat paper, but 3-dimensional surfaces too!

DANIEL SMITH Mars Black Watercolor Ground, objects for projects with Jean Haines' All That Shimmers Watercolor Set.
DANIEL SMITH Mars Black Watercolor Ground, objects for projects.


You can paint the Watercolor Grounds (6 colors including Mars Black) on nearly any surface, wood, ceramic, metal, papers and boards, glass, plastic, fabric, and stone!  You are no longer confined to flat watercolor paper, you can create your art onto objects like metal flower pots, plaster masks and wooden animals.  

DANIEL SMITH Mars Black Watercolor Ground applied to metal pot, then painted with DANIEL SMITH Luminescent Watercolors.
DANIEL SMITH Mars Black Watercolor Ground applied to metal pot.
DANIEL SMITH Mars Black Watercolor Ground applied to porcelain mask, then painted with DANIEL SMITH Luminescent Watercolors.
Mars Black Watercolor Ground applied to porcelain mask, then painted with Luminescent Watercolors.
DANIEL SMITH Mars Black Watercolor Ground applied to wooden cat, then painted with DANIEL SMITH Luminescent Watercolors.
Mars Black Watercolor Ground applied to wooden cat, then painted with Luminescent Watercolors.


Now that you have a couple of examples, what are you inspired to create?

We’d love to see what you were inspired to create, please tag us when you post on Instagram and Facebook! 

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Clownfish & Night Sky with Milky Way collage, watercolor paintings by Julie Ann Karlsson.

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