After finishing the "Amethyst Lilac" painting, I was determined to paint somethig less complex and not purple. Well, being who I am, gravitating towards complexity in everthing I do, I started this painting on Aquabord. (This is burgundy with some purple....)
Aquabord is a relatively new hard surface for painting with watercolours. The beauty of this surface is that the completed piece is sprayed with acrylic Krylon archival varnish when completed and framed without glass. Thie piece is protected. As so many people now prefer to purchase paintings with out glass in order to emiminate glare from lighting and windows - this is a nice option. The main thing is, the work becomes a mixed media piece (remember the acrylic varnish?) Oh yes, the fraing is also less expensive - less the matting and glass. Aquabord aslo comes cradled - my next purchase will be cradled - then no framing required at all - just finish the edges!
The surface is tricky, the colour holds well, but a mis placed drop can remove the pigment. Also, when painting wet-in-wet, I find it harder to get an edge than with Arched 300lb paper. So, I love the surface, nice for a change - but will not be giving up working on paper.