View Full Version : Watercolor underpainting

Tony Perrotta
09-21-2003, 03:18 PM
Hi all, As I stated in the recent past. I am just going to start with pastels, have all the goodies and am ready to go. I would like to do watercolor underpainting. Since I do 95% Plein Air. Will the watercolor and paper dry in a short amount of time so I don't have to sit around and wait? I have fairly limited time to paint when I do get the chance.

Thanks Tony:)

09-21-2003, 05:25 PM
I don't do watercolor but have soaked paper for acrylic before....my thought would be to soak the paper ahead of time and staple it flat and carry it that way...the wc should dry pretty fast outside...but the only way to tell is to try...I'm mainly bumping this back up and maybe someone that actually does wc underpaintings can help!

Stoy Jones
09-21-2003, 05:34 PM
I find that the hair dryer works just fine as long as you don't set it too hot.


09-21-2003, 06:19 PM
they got battery operated hair dryers???

09-21-2003, 07:30 PM
I've been using pastel with either turpenoid or alcohol when I paint outdoors because they dry pretty quickly. But I know people use watercolor...why not try it and see...and let us know! :D


Stoy Jones
09-22-2003, 01:15 AM
Originally posted by Dyin
they got battery operated hair dryers???

That would be a problem if you're working far from home :p but a battery operated handheld dryer would be a great idea to patent!


09-22-2003, 01:38 AM
probably make someone a fortune!:p

Craig Houghton
09-22-2003, 01:46 AM
I've found that on a sunny day watercolor washes dry before I can redap the brush for the next stroke :) Have fun!


09-22-2003, 10:38 AM
Probably won't need it but I've seen 12 volt hair dryers that plug into the cigarette lighter if you're near your vehicle.

09-22-2003, 07:24 PM
Hi Tony,

I either prepare some backgrounds beforehand and then use my pastels, but when its sunny it does dry very quickly, in fact this summer it was drying TOO quick