WaterMedia is a term used by many artists. While I often begin a painting in traditional transparent watercolors, especially if painting on watercolor paper, I often complete the painting’s details with fluid acrylics, watercolor pencils, or even ink when I feel the painting is improved by using those materials. Since all of these are water based, the term ‘WaterMedia’ is used when more than one is used in a painting. The original art is highly lightfast and permanent.
Fluid Acrylics are a relatively new media for me. Unlike tube acrylics, the fluid paints are liquid and highly pigmented. I find I can use many of the watercolor techniques I have always used but have the additional vibrancy and covering ability of acrylics.
Watercolors and Fluid Acrylics can be used on traditional watercolor paper or a newer hard panel made for the purpose. I use Ampersand WaterMedia panels because they have a coating that is most like watercolor paper and yet the resulting art does not need to be framed under glass.