Like everyone else, I hate finishing and framing. Two of my paintings--The Blue Man and Caution--were finished some time ago and just sitting on my easels. I've read that watercolors on Ampersand aquaboard can be varnished and framed without glass, but what about inktense pencils or hydrus watercolors on aquaboard? I decided to test with this small drawing of maybe a willow tree behind my neighbor's house (sometimes it's in the water--sometimes not). This is from a photo I took as Willie and I checked out the cove; I liked the colors--the orange and yellow parts are usually filled with blue water.
Two weeks ago we actually walked IN the cove behind my house (though I do have a fear of quicksand); it was 70 degrees that afternoon and not much water--my dock was on dirt. I looked for arrowheads and found a couple of smooth round rocks. I considered taking my metal detector down but it rained the following day--and for several more days. The Lake's back--and it's a 50,000-acre one. I can see the water from my upstairs window and I don't need to walk down; the weather has turned cold.
Just a sketch to test the varnish. I suppose I could have just painted squares or lines but what fun would that have been?
Okay, today I gave everything several coats of varnish. I set up a varnishing station in the workshop bathroom--covered the toilet with large pieces of cardboard and turned on the exhaust fan--ran in and sprayed; ran to the porch door and breathed. Nothing disappeared and it passed my Q tip test--dipped it into water, then rubbed the painting--no color came off and no lines were smeared. I used Golden archival satin varnish.