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Monday, January 17, 2011

Problems with hydrating broken tubes of watercolors and gouache

"Bengal Rose Painting" with a freshly applied UV protective, satin varnish poured over powdered and flaking paint. Also note that the picture has been switched from landscape to portrait. I'll eventually collage the bottom to the top.
The joys of painting on the floor by my warm wood stove came to an end when my husband reported Bengal Rose color on the bottom of his socks. I thought I had scrubbed up all the spills by the fireplace and that solved the problem. But last night the paint powdered and fell off the painting behind his dinner chair.
My reclaiming watercolor project is removed from our living area and is now in the shop studio.

4 comments:

Kay Dennison said...

Yikes! I hope you can fix it!!! Isn't there some sort of fixative?

Rain said...

Why don't you get a canvas dropcloth and use that, keeping your paints and work all on it? Then you get warmth and he has nobody to blame but himself if he walks on it... not that i see a problem with colorful paint on the bottom of a sock... like who would know if he didn't tell them...

Parapluie said...

I put down a canvas under my very watery paintings and the paint went right through the canvas. I pour huge amounts of water on top of my paintings.
The last pwdered paint on the floor was like pastels. A little color so small it becomes invisible on the floor until water makes it expand.

Parapluie said...

Kay,
I think the varnish will be enough to hold the paint together. I'll keep posting on how the paint dries.