Summer's Delight

6:00 AM

Over the weekend I was able to finish up this small watercolor, Summer Jewel! It is painted on Ampersand's Aquabord® and is my first painting on this support. (UPDATE: The size is 4" x 4" and this is an original watercolor!) I have to say, I rather like the Aquabord and I'm going to be doing some more work on it to see what this stuff can handle. (If you're interested, check tomorrow's post where I'll offer my observations on this product.)


The substrate gave a very soft finish that is just perfect for this flower. I'm not sure if this is always the case or partly my painting style. That's part of the reason why I'll be doing more work on Aquabord.

One of the coolest things about the Aquabord is that the painting is sealed using a UV resistant varnish spray. You don't have to frame it under glass! The spray further softens the focus and adds a slight sheen to the surface of the piece. (It would look lovely on a small easel in lamp light!)

In fact, to make it easier to display this piece, I have touched the sides and edges of this support with gold metallic paint so that it can even be hung without a frame! (If you click on the top image you can see the gold paint around the edges as well as on the sides in the second photo.)

I will be including a small plastic hanger that is self-attaching with tape adhesive. (The back is marked for easy application.) That way whoever purchases this little jewel has the option of framing it or displaying it without a frame or perhaps, framing it at a later date! (The tape adhesive will lift off with a bit of pressure.)

I will be listing this on the blog until Wednesday for $45 USD plus $2.50 shipping and handling. If you would like to purchase it, just click the PayPal button. On Wednesday, I will move it over to my Etsy shop for $52 USD.

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  1. This is indeed beautiful. So many of the paintings are made this way now. To be hung without a frame is what I mean. Some people take their painting on around the sides. I am always amazed that these paintings are usually a little more expensive. I have often wondered why since there is no frame. ?? I work in an interior design shop so this is where I see them.

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  2. Hi, Lisa, thanks for stopping by! Having just ventured into this area, I'm not really sure why artists are using to charge more. I don't think I even realized that they charged more. Extra paint and planning maybe?

    I know the canvases that are called gallery wraps are more expensive than regular canvases. Maybe that's the difference?

    Anyway, thanks for commenting!

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  3. Hmm, can you tell I'm not awake this morning?! Should have read "I'm not really sure what reasons artists are using to charge more!"

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  4. WOWZERS Laure, this is absolutely gorgeous (as all your work is) and I am looking forward to hearing more about it having never painted on this surface. STUNNING piece!

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  5. This is stunning. It has changed a lot. I don’t have the words to tell you how much I appreciate your creation. Lovely!

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  6. What a beautiful watercolour, I have absolutely no talent for painting so I am in awe of your talent Laure, it's so small, how do you manage to get all the detail in, it must be a bit of a strain on your eyes as it's just so detailed.

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