Testing a color seemingly ON the painting before adding it.

by June
(Toronto)

You can place a piece of clear acrylic over your dry but unfinished painting to test a colour or value before actually applying it to the painting. The product I have is called Grafix...a lightweight sheet of acrylic that is water-friendly and wipes off cleanly. I purchased it at Curry's in Toronto. It comes in sheets of 9"x12", or 22.5cmx30cm. Great way to test some of those rich darks before committing them to the painting.

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Another tip on Grafix acetate
by: June

Thanks for your comments, Linda. I'm sure you'll find it helpful.

Another tip might be to brush your colour onto this special Grafix acetate (placed over your dry painting) and let it dry.

Since watercolour pigments dry lighter (especially such colours as Payne's Gray) this will give you a more accurate finished colour to judge before applying it to the painting. Regards, June

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testing-a-color
by: linda falkingham

I think the acetate idea is wonderful! I'm going to be using this for sure! thanks for sharing it!
Linda
Ladysmith
BC Canada

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