56 responses

  1. Bix
    August 29, 2014

    How would you finish this process off as the painting won’t be under glass. Would you varnish it?

    • Sandrine Pelissier
      September 1, 2014

      Yes, I would either varnish or apply a wax finish to the painting.

  2. Shelly
    August 11, 2014

    Hello….Love your tips….I haven’t painted for a couple of years now but think it is time I try bringing out my watercolors….I like the idea of mounting the watercolor paper onto the boards. What type of watercolor do you recommend? Arches 140LB Cold Press? And what size Brayer? I usually work with small pieces. Thanks

    • Sandrine Pelissier
      August 11, 2014

      Thanks Shelly ,
      I personally like to work on hot press paper but cold press will work as well. 140 lb or 300 lb are better. 90lb works but you might get a few wrinkles.
      For the brayer, the bigger the better, I think mine are about 3 inches wide.

  3. Dawn
    June 25, 2014

    Hello…thank you for the great information. I have these huge portraits; 60 x 40 1100lb watercolor paper; I used watercolor and acrylic on them and coated them with gloss medium and varnish. I wanted to create a board (much like yours) and mount them onto it. My thoughts are will the golden gel hold my thick paper onto the board?
    Best to you and thanks again for sharing.
    Dawn Mader

    • Sandrine Pelissier
      June 25, 2014

      Hello Dawn,
      Thank you for your comment, that is an interesting question. I would think it will work but to be safe I would try on plain paper first with extra heavy body gel medium and see how it goes. If it works you can still paint on that plain paper after it has been mounted.
      Can I ask you where you buy such heavy paper, I would be interested in trying on some.

  4. Leslie
    June 17, 2014

    Great tutorial! Very helpful tips. I am very glad to have an alternative to framing. Gorgeous work also. I love the light.

    • Sandrine Pelissier
      June 17, 2014

      Thanks Leslie! I enjoy reading your blog :)

  5. stanley sum wai lee
    June 9, 2014

    i am new in water color

  6. Linde
    January 20, 2014

    Hello!
    Love all the info! I am a printmaker and make etchings, lythographs and monotypes combinations. Am also fed up with frames after all these years. Have found some artists with their prints mounted on board and finished with epoxy resin but this is very toxic and troublesome.
    Not sure if the golden varnish would work on my heavy printing paper for protection and no yellowing. If anyone has any advice it woyld be great..
    Thank you!
    Linde

    • Sandrine Pelissier
      January 20, 2014

      Thanks, Linde :)
      I never had trouble with yellowing but you could make a test to try it. I guess it also depends if your paper is acid free or not, but I don’t think acid free paper with varnish would become yellow.

  7. dsaquarelles
    November 19, 2013

    do you use a brush or a spray for the varnish?
    I like your watercolor, very beautiful colors.

    • Sandrine Pelissier
      November 19, 2013

      What I am doing now is I spray a first layer of fixative or varnish and then I brush on the subsequent layers.

  8. dsaquarelles
    November 19, 2013

    Thank you for sharing, I do’nt like the framing. Very interesting.

  9. Juan Pablo
    September 3, 2013

    Sorry Sandrine Idont Know why my iPad is translating in this Awfull way
    Im asking for the gel glue

  10. Juan Pablo
    September 3, 2013

    Hi Sandrine
    im from Chile ,fantástic. Could you plegase Téllez my what. Kindergarten of glue are you using Im not familiar with the stuffit you are calling Gel. Give me even a brand ñame to Finder it or something simmilar

  11. Angela Fehr
    July 5, 2013

    Thank you for this tutorial, Sandrine. I took a workshop with Sharon Lynn Williams and she was mounting her paintings on board, but they were liquid acrylic, so I hadn’t thought of using this method for watercolour. I’m going to have to try this – I get frustrated with the high cost of framing for watercolour, too!

    • Sandrine Pelissier
      July 5, 2013

      Thanks Angela :)

  12. JIll
    May 28, 2013

    G’day Sandrine

    I really love your work, truly inspirational. After looking at “Stick Figures” I immediately went and started painting some trees!
    I find the technique of mounting on board very interesting, also varnishing afterwards.
    I was hoping you could help me – what exactly is Gator board?
    and
    What kind of varnish do you use on your watercolours?
    kind regards
    Jill

    • Sandrine Pelissier
      May 29, 2013

      Hello Jill,
      Thanks for commenting, I am glad to hear that you got inspired to paint :)
      I am not using gator board to paint but regular wood panel. I am not too familiar with the gator board but it sounds interesting.
      I bought my wood panels from Opus: https://store.opusartsupplies.com/sagro/storefront/store.php?mode=browsecategory&category=3343
      For varnishing I am using a regular varnish from Liquitex, the same one you would use for acrylic.
      Hope this helps:)
      Sandrine

      • JIll
        May 29, 2013

        G’day Sandrine

        Thanks for your swift response – I think I must have read about Gator board somewhere else online and got mixed up when I returned to your site.
        Thanks for the link – I am in Australia, but I will check out the link and then see where I can find something similar here.
        I am still very much a beginner, and it is so helpful to see different techniques. Bit by bit I am looking at your demo’s – it is very generous of you to share your expertise and creative process, thank you
        kind regards
        Jill

  13. Michelle
    December 18, 2012

    Where do you get the boards Sandrine?
    I’d like to try this. Thanks for the detailed instructions!

    • Sandrine Pelissier
      December 18, 2012

      Thanks Michelle, I bought the boards from the local art store (Opus art supplies : http://opusartsupplies.com/) and also from Currys for some sizes I couldn’t t find in that local store, they have a good selection of all types of cradled panels : https://www.currys.com/

  14. Anna
    November 1, 2012

    Sandrine
    Your work is amazing!!!!!! I work with water colors on tradional paper and yupo . After mounting your work on board do still frame with glass as is standard for watercolours. ? Your thoughts would be greatly appreciate.

    • Sandrine Pelissier
      November 1, 2012

      Thanks Anna :-)
      After mounting my work on board I am varnishing it. I might experiment in the future with adding wax as a finish but haven’t tried it yet.

      • Anna
        November 1, 2012

        Thank-you for you response ……. Dou you frame it after varnishing it without putting under glass? Again I appreciate your time. Your water colors are outstanding.

      • Sandrine Pelissier
        November 1, 2012

        Hello Anna, after varnishing it looks like a painting on board so I leave it like this.

  15. Ginny Zanger
    October 25, 2012

    Sandrine,
    I too have been experimenting with this technique. I find it helpful to put wax paper over the paper I am mounting when use the roller. Also, starting from the center and rolling out helps eliminate bubbles. I have been coating the pieces with a very thin layer of cold wax – especially when I use yupo with watercolor (which is very fragile if water is spilled on it, as you know).
    Thanks for your helpful blog!
    Ginny Zange

    • Sandrine Pelissier
      October 25, 2012

      Very interesting Ginny, thanks for commenting !
      I really like the idea of wax paper to protect the paper when using the roller.
      Coating with cold wax is very interesting as well, what kind of wax would you use? I would really like to try that.

  16. Robert I.
    October 22, 2012

    That is both creative and modern (also with the varnish).
    I really enjoy your techniques and look forward to your works which, I find, are always atmospheric.
    Best,
    Robert

    • Sandrine Pelissier
      October 22, 2012

      Thanks Robert for your positive feed back, I really appreciate it :-)

  17. Pauline
    October 16, 2012

    Hello, Thank you for your very cretive and wonderful sharingof information and techniques, I always enjoy them and get lots of ideas and insights! Thanks again
    Pauline

    • Sandrine Pelissier
      October 17, 2012

      Hello Pauline,
      Thanks for your comment!, I am so glad this gives you ideas, this is what I look for when writing this blog.

  18. Yevgenia
    October 16, 2012

    This is cool. I’ve mounted yupo like this before but not watercolor paper. Do you have any mounted works that are older? I’m curious how they hold up. I totally understand your frustration with matting and framing… I hate doing it. I guess it’s watercolor’s trade for being so easy to clean up compared to oils and acrylics.

    • Sandrine Pelissier
      October 16, 2012

      My watercolor mounted on board are not very old but i have friends who have been doing this for a long time with no issue. Are you concerned about an interaction of the gel medium with the paint or paper or by UV and color fading? I do varnish the watercolor after so it is not damageable by water.

      The only drawback I see for now is that for most traditional watercolor societies competitions they are not allowing any varnished watercolor.

      • Yevgenia Watts
        November 4, 2012

        Mostly, I am concerned with stuff like corners peeling off or buckling if there is too much water. I guess I’m just gonna have to try it and see for myself :)

        Oh, I also meant to ask you, do you seal the board before you put acrylic medium on it? I see that you apply gesso..Does that take care of any potential acid leaking from the board into the paper?

      • Sandrine Pelissier
        November 4, 2012

        When applying a thick layer of heavy body gel medium for mounting the paper I am careful to have it all over the surface and also in corners so I didn’t have any trouble with the corners.
        I had a bit of buckling on the paper for my first trials but it disappeared when the paper dried. For my last trial I did wet the paper before mounting it so I could stretch it at the same time I was mounting it and it worked well ( paper was Arches 140 lb)
        It is better to seal the board before applying gesso to protect from the wood acidity, I found an interesting link on this here: http://ampersandart.com/tips/priming-for-acylic-gesso.html

        Let me know how it works for you when you try it :-)

  19. Katherine
    October 16, 2012

    I’m so intrigued by the idea of mounting artwork on cradled board. One of these days I will get up the courage to try it! Thanks for the tutorial!

    • Sandrine Pelissier
      October 16, 2012

      Thanks Katherine :-)

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