I’ve been working on paper for a little while now and whilst I love the effects I can get with ink, acrylic, chalk, charcoal and all sorts of mixed media, I get frustrated with the limited ways in which paper can be hung. I heard about something called aquabord that can be used with water based paints so I thought I would give it a try.
It’s a thin board with a clay surface that looks and feels like paper and absorbs water based paints rather like cold pressed watercolour paper. I tried using inks and watercolours and the effects were interesting and quite different to anything I’ve tried before. I didn’t find it as absorbent as traditional watercolour paper and the colours looked fairly vibrant. I only ordered some small sizes and I think it would be good to get some larger ones and try different strengths of paint and ink to see what happens. I like to throw a lot of paint and water around and on a small surface its difficult to experiment properly. Like all new methods and materials you can only really find out their potential if you try lots of different things and are prepared to practice to see if you can develop new techniques. It’s too early to say if it’s something I will use regularly but I will definitely try experimenting with some larger sizes.