Watercolor on wood

Guys, I have figured out how to work with two of my favorite mediums.  Wood and watercolor!  These two are rarely combined but a little trial and error and I've came up with a great technique.  Want to know my secret?  Clear Gesso. I freaking love this stuff!  Side note:  Henry knew what gesso was at three.  So funny because I don't think I knew what it was until I was in my 20s (if aren't familiar with it is like a primer).  And yes, he often exploits my love of art to his advantage.  Saying things like "I don't want to nap, I want to make art with my artist mommy."  The kid is good. Anyway, this clear stuff is great.  Works well on wood.  I will say that using watercolor on wood is still a little tricky. I know a lot of folks don't like watercolor because it is unforgiving. Truthful that is what I like about it.  You can't just paint over it. On wood, watercolor is even more unpredictable. It tends to bleed more and will run (spread) really differently than it does on paper.  While loosing some control is hard, I love how freeing it is.  You never quite know what you are going to get. Now, how about a little show and tell of some of the paintings I've done.


Can you see the cool way the paint bleeds?  I love the way it takes on a life of it's own.



I used salt to create the background. I do this a lot on paper but it acts really different on wood.


I managed to remember to take a few process photos on this painting.  This is a painting of birches on a birch panel.  This painting has sold but I thought it would be fun to show the process.

I love to painting outside.  Remember when you could be outside?  Our weather in Tennessee has be insane this week.  Before I added the details I lightly stained the wood with coffee.

And,  finished.  I loved the simplitiy of this painting.

Much love, stay warm friends!

PS.  Okay, this one is one with acrylic painting.  But, since it was the same size I thought I'd show it you anyway.  Oh, I do love some birch trees!