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Painting on Rtistx Board

by Mary ann Boysen
(Chagrin Falls, OH)

The White Geraniums

The White Geraniums

I am now experimenting with a new surface for watercolor called Rtistx-420. It is smooth, but has enough tooth to hold on to the pigment. I find that working on it is much like watercolor paper, but the washes and glazes are silky smooth and are glorious when dry, like the one I did for the Snowy Landscape.

In this painting, I began with the drawing of the Adirondack chairs. I took the time to get the drawing fairly accurate, being the detail person that i am. But in the long run, named the painting White Geraniums because of the flower pot on the table.

I began with my traditional three "mood" washes on a wet surface, so the colors would glow through the detail work. Then I established the darks in the background to make the flowers and the chairs stand out against the darks. It took a number of glazes to get the values that I wanted. And it is easy to glaze over and over on this surface.

The foreground shadows were established with a multi-colored shadow wash and a soft squirrel brush that comes to a nice point. Since much of the surface deals with the shadows, I didn't want them to be dull. Hence, the colors that you see. When the shadow wash was of the correct value, I painted in the stonework and tried to lead the eye into the focal point of the painting.

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Mar 25, 2015
by: Anonymous

I too am trying to find a source for this board that I just recently discovered as sample...any insights as to where it can be purchased. Very sorry to hear of the death of it's founder.

Jan 06, 2015

I have been using RTISTX Board for years. My supply has run out. Today I eas saddned to learn the creator of this marvelous material has recently died. You may well know the story.
You can see my work on my website at www.robertgrantwatercolors.com. All of it is on RTISTX BOARD. Your work is beautiful. It gives me hope you may be able to give me a lead to a source that may be carrying RTISTX Board where I might be able purchase a re-supply. I would be grateful for any help you can give me.
I live at 19 High Street, Haydenville, MA 01039
phone: 413 268-9069, e-mail: bobnancy60@aol.com
As I recall, it was years ago at an exhibition of the MASF that I first discovered RTISTX in works by Herb Tweed,and have been using it ever since to my great satisfaction and delight.

Jan 21, 2011
by: Barry

I Rtistx-420 similar to illustration board?

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