It’s not a secret that I love making up my own rules for my watercolor paintings and that I’m often operating far from tradition. I’ve been thinking about the metallic and iridescent watercolor paints that I love so much (I almost exclusively use Daniel Smith watercolors), and how I could get some of them to pop. Like electrically pop.
I decided that black watercolor paper would do it… too bad no one seems to make black watercolor paper (at least that I could find online). So, I went to my local art store (Meininger) and asked for help: “Doesn’t exist”, “Can’t be done”, “Paint with watercolor on black paper? You won’t see the paint!”. Good thing I wouldn’t take no for an answer (although after having explained that metallic and some opaque watercolors would certainly be visible on black, I had to accept a blank stare for an answer).
I finally decided to try some black Somerset printmaking paper – it felt too lightweight and wasn’t nearly as smooth as my usual hot-press Fabriano watercolor paper, but couldn’t find any other fine art paper to try.
What do you think of this mini that I created today?