So Im a newbie at Water colors...and have been using Daler Rowney aquafine, 140lb paper....i usually soak the paper for a few minutes and leave it to dry...and then start painting...make sure no spots appear.
So i tried painting a portrait...and the most annoying thing happened
whenever i applied color of the paper (usually for the skin- burnt sienna mixed with a yellow or red) it would just make a stain...with dots/spots of the color ..and any attempts to move/spread/soften/lighten it would fail..(rather spread with rugged edges)
I continued though and finally i had spots all over...it got lighter as it dried but if you hold it in the light, it looks like the girl I painted has chicken pox
I found an Old arches (about 5 years old atleast) so I decided to make a picture today....and the same thing happened! It looks a bit uneven when dry but hold it in sunlight and you can see clear stains/spots...
Why is this happening? I dont even know what to do with the rest of the paper I have- dont even feel like finishing the painting.
Thanks for any advice.