Transparent Watercolor Ground – Capture Memories


DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Grounds allow you to paint with your watercolors on almost any 2 or 3-dimensional surface, including rocks!

Because of its’ transparency, DANIEL SMITH Transparent Watercolor Ground allows the patterned, or colored surface to show through, adding that element to the watercolor painting, as you can see with this landscape on a rock.

Landscape painted in watercolors on a beach rock after applying Daniel Smith Transparent Watercolor Ground

The rocks in the foreground are the actual rock showing through the Transparent Watercolor Ground with some white and gray watercolors applied to give more shape to the rocks. The clouds in the background incorporate the texture and colors of the rock into the clouds. The trees, mountains and water are all enhanced by the color and texture of the rock as well.

With the Watercolor Grounds, you could also use 2 or more in a painting by applying the different colored Grounds in different areas of the surface. For example, in this rock, if the artist had wanted bright white clouds, they could have applied Titanium White Watercolor Ground to the area where the clouds were to be, then, after curing, add in some shapes within the clouds with watercolors.

The DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Grounds expand your creativity beyond white watercolor paper and allow you to paint on almost any surface; wood, metal, fabric, masonry, plastic, plaster, rocks, board, glass, nearly anything in both 2 and 3 dimensions!

DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Grounds:
– Archival and acid free.
– Creates a soft, absorbent surface similar to cold press watercolor paper.
– Excellent surface for all watercolors.
– The Watercolor Ground surface holds up to vigorous scrubbing without any damage.
– Heavily pigmented with a thick, brushable consistency.
– Easy Application.
– Repair and rescue paintings.
– Transparent watercolors can now be shown on any surface.
– Frame without Glass.
– Fantastic for multi-media work—combine with decorative paper, acrylics, pastel, colored pencil, pen and ink, stamps, collage and much more.
– Available in 6 colors: Titanium White, Pearlescent White, Iridescent Gold, Buff Titanium, Mars Black and Transparent.
– Nothing else like it on the market.

Tips for using DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Grounds

Absorbent or semi-absorbent surfaces require no special prep beyond making sure the surface is clean before brushing on DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Ground. These include paper, canvas and other fabrics, wood, plaster, shells and hardboard. Non-absorbent surfaces such as metal, plastic or glass should be lightly abraded with sandpaper or steel wool before brushing on the Watercolor Ground.

We recommend using Watercolor Ground straight from the container. It has a thick, brushable consistency. Use a soft-haired synthetic brush, foam brush or foam roller for a smoother finish, or a hog bristle brush for a more textured finish. The ground is highly pigmented so one coat will cover most surfaces; very absorbent surfaces such as unfinished softwood may require two coats, please allow the first coat to cure before adding the second. Wash brushes immediately after use and do not use your good brushes!
TIP – when using the Watercolor Ground to Rescue a Painting, thin some Watercolor Ground in a small dish with up to 10% of water and use a soft brush like a hake brush.

Let Watercolor Ground dry and cure for at least 24 hours. This allows it to attain the right degree of absorption.
Painting DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Ground works beautifully with watercolors and thinned acrylics. Because it creates a surface more absorbent than paper, you will want to use less water with your paint. Experiment and see what works best for you.

As with all watercolors, your work on DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Ground will need to be fixed if it will not be framed behind glass. GOLDEN Archival Aerosol MSA Varnish with UVLS is an excellent spray varnish that will protect your work on any surface. Use it at room temperature in a well-ventilated area and follow the directions on the canister.