You might like painting with watercolor but become frustrated with the framing and matting process. I also personally like a simpler look and want to avoid the glare of glass. Then you might be interested in learning how to mount your watercolors on board.
Here is how to mount your watercolors on board
You will need:
- A board
- Extra heavy gel medium, I used Golden extra heavy gel medium
- Watercolor paper
- A stiff brush
- A spatula to help with the spreading of heavy gel (optional)
- A clean brayer
- an X-acto knife
You have to ways of mounting watercolor paper on board:
- You can do it with your white paper,let it dry and then paint afterwards.This technique has the advantage of stretching your paper at the same time you are mounting it
- You can mount your painting after it has been painted. The advantage here is that you are sure you like the painting before you start mounting it, but you also have to be very careful not to put any of the medium on the painting.
I did apply gesso and left it to dry on the board before starting the process of mounting the watercolor paper, I later learned that it was not a necessary step as the gel medium will act a a barrier between the wood and the paper as you want to avoid the acidity of the wood to come in contact with the acid free paper.
Apply the heavy gel on the board being careful to spread it evenly and along all the borders and corners.
Then place the watercolor on the board and use a speedball brayer to make sure you don’t leave any bubble under the paper.
Leave the gel to dry overnight, if possible with a heavy pexiglass sheet on top, you could use glass or a lighter sheet of pexiglass and put some weight on it. If you don’t have any glass or pexiglass you can put some weight on the corners so they don’t curl up while drying, or place the board face down on a clean surface.
Let everything to dry overnight.
Then trim the sides with an x-acto knife. The sides can also be sanded if needed.
I did also experiment with lighter papers, like a drawing paper ( 90 lb), the same method is working well although I did get a few wrinkles, especially in the corners.