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Learning the Basics of Watercolor
Learning the Basics of Watercolor

Painting Flowers in Watercolor
Painting Flowers in Watercolor

Painting on Watercolor Canvas

Painting on Watercolor Canvas


Paintings and Prints of:

Acrylic Paintings



Cape Cod



Florals/Still Lifes


Greece/ Turkey


Hilton Head



Monet's Garden


Naples, FL

Niagara on the Lake

Pensacola Beach


Rural Landscapes


San Miguel MX


Sparrow Village/
South Africa

Steamboat Springs, CO



Venice, Italy

Watercolor onCanvas
All about Watercolor Paper

on R-tistx Board & Claybord®

How to Paint Crystal and Lace

Painting with Color!

Portraits in Watercolor

How to Paint Clouds

How to Paint Water Reflections

Page of Links


Claybord®, made by the Ampersand Company, is a very versatile painting surface and comes in smooth and textured finishes. In years past it has been used for scratchboard techniques, but now it can be painted with watercolors or other mediums. Mistakes can be corrected easily, and the paint can be manipulated to create a variety of detail, highlights, textures and washes. The textured surface acts much like good watercolor paper, while the smooth surface makes the artist feel as if he is using fingerpaints!

As in the use of watercolor canvas, the watercolor must be sealed when finished in order to protect the surface from moisture. Also a gel medium may be added for further protection and create and oil painting-like texture. One may prefer to coat the surface with a watercolor varnish that has a UV filter for light protection. There is one made by GOLDEN.

Claybord® comes in panels, and boxes in varying depths and sizes. When painting on the box, a frame is not required, as the artist can paint around the edges creating the "gallery wrap" effect as in canvases.

Learn to paint in Watercolor


Last Leaf
a transparent watercolor on a smooth Claybord® box.

Size: 8" x 10"



Illustrating the Claybord® box, this is the same painting as above.

Sundown on the Marsh at the Ocean Course, Kiawah Island, SC

Size: 6" x 24" on smooth surface

An unusual size always intrigues me, as these paintings fit on soffits, and above windows, and also can sit on shelves, as this Claybord® box is 2" thick, and the edges are painted to wrap the image around the box.

Les Oignons

Size: 5" x 7" on textured Claybord®

The result on th.e textured surface is often a softer look, whereas the smooth surface works best when painting shiney objects because of the high contrast that can be accomplished

Two Bites and a Slice

Size: 6" x 26" x 2" (a box, painted around the 2" edges like a gallery wrap)
This was a challenge, as all smooth Claybord® presents for the watercolorist.

Prints available on FineArtAmerica.com

Market Shoppers in Provence

Size: 8" x 10"

This is also on the textured surface.

More painting images on Claybord® can be found on my Provence page


Le Brasserie Isle St. Louis, Paris

Size: 8" x 10" on smooth Claybord®

A delightful and busy spot morning, noon and night. Great atmosphere and delicious food awaits the locals and tourists alike. I looked at this many times before I decided I should paint it. I just like the hustle and bustle that it exudes. See the step by step progress of this painting on Painting on Claybord.htm

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