My studio is still full of Krampus. Several paintings are finished but still mounted on their boards for now, in case of surprise revelation.
I am painting the Krampus project art in mostly-watercolor. I use the watercolor pigments transparently but grab my tube of opaque white gouache paint when a mistake won’t lift off with water.
There’s a lot of water involved with watercolor, which is why I’m being cautious about declaring artwork complete.
Watercolor paintings are traditionally painted on paper using water, and paper, repeatedly wetted, wants to curl and buckle. It is hard either to frame or to scan for reproduction, when your paper has the topographical structure of an old-fashioned potato chip, so painters have a general goal of keeping watercolor paintings flat. The traditional way to keep watercolors flat is to soak and stretch the paper on a board before painting, then staple the edges down so that the paper dries flat and stays that way while being worked on. When the painting is done, it is cut off the board. Once cut free, the painting cannot be re-stretched - the extra is gone. It is a commitment!
Being cautious, I don’t want to take a probably-finished watercolor off the board before I am very definitely sure it is completed.
I love watercolor anyway, despite the staples and tape. It’s so bright and quick and non-toxic!
Despite my caution I do love how the Krampus paintings are turning out. I am excited to finish, file this project with the library of congress, and start ramping up for our Kickstarter campaign later this month!
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