It used to be that watercolor painters had few options beyond white paper or a few colored boards. Now you can turn almost any surface into a toned or black ground for watercolor painting, as well as collage, pastels, pencils and mixed media work. Mars Black makes our Luminescent Watercolors pop and also provides an exciting, unexpected background for all your standard watercolor paints. Soft pastels, graphite and watercolor pencils show up beautifully on both the buff and black.
Apply the Watercolor Grounds straight from the container using a foam brush or a synthetic brush for a more textured finish. For the smoothest surface, apply very thin coats with foam brush, allow to dry thoroughly between coats. Curing: to allow watercolor ground to attain the correct degree of absorption, let watercolor ground dry and cure for at least 24 hours (depending on humidity) after the last coat. DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Grounds provide a surface to paint with your watercolors on most any substrate, and it is mixed media friendly. All DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Grounds have excellent lightfastness, are archival and give you more creative ways and surfaces to paint with watercolors!