What is an AQUA canvas? And why should you paint on a canvas with watercolour? Here we show you which material can be used to work on AQUA, how your art will last and why AQUA Canvas is convincing.
„I use the Water-Brush with the inferior plastic hairs because the system has water with it. It's similar with AQUA canvas: there's paper you can watercolour on better, but you can't stretch it on a frame.“
- Gris -
Finish the watercolour and paint it on the wall. It has never been so easy!
The AQUA canvas can be hung without framing or passe-partout. But it offers even more advantages:
Or to put it in the words of jolimaoli:
"The Canvas "AQUA"...
There are many differences between conventional watercolour paper and the new AQUA canvas. Here we have listed a few.
The AQUA canvas is not paper.
It is a mixed medium specially developed by MH&P Das Keilrahmen Werk. This material is tear-resistant, similar to conventional painting cloths, and can therefore be stretched. AQUA has a robust and lint-free surface finish, convinces with excellent flow behaviour and high colour brilliance. It can be erased, rubbed or scratched without any problems. At the same time, the structure appears soft like watercolour paper.
With its soft, harmonious surface structure, the AQUA canvas is excellently suited for all watercolour techniques. The AQUA surface can be combined very well with other colours and techniques:
Similar to classical watercolour painting, there are many different techniques and preferences: Watercolour brushes, pens, brush pens, airbrush. In any case, we recommend using water-soluble colours with a higher pigmentation, using less water and applying more opaque colours.
We have collected a few tips from watercolour artists here:
Dissolving the colours:
"In contrast to dissolving paint on watercolour paper, this is only possible to a limited extent on AQUA. Once the paint is too dry, it is difficult to dissolve it to such an extent that an edge disappears completely. Then only another layer of paint can help or you can use the edge that has been created."
- Leoni Pfeiffer
Using brush pens on AQUA:
"The often very rough surface of normal canvases causes the expensive brush pens to fray. Annoying! With AQUA, however, this was no problem at all. It absorbs the paint well, dries 'tight' and is just super pleasant to work with."
The AQUA canvas is eraser-proof. Under the following conditions, you can remove pencil sketches from AQUA without leaving any residue:
The drying times of watercolour on AQUA depend on the painting techniques used as well as the frame size. Canvas sizes: Small up to 40 x 60cm, Medium up to 80 x 120cm, Large from 80 x 120cm, Panorama from 40 x 120 cm.
|Drying times (hours)||small||medium||large, panorama|
|Wet on wet||2–6||3–12||3–12|
|Dry on wet||1–4||2–6||3–6|
|Wet on dry||1–4||2–6||2–6|
|Dry on dry||0–1||0–2||0–2|
AQUA canvas is mounted on a sturdy wooden stretcher frame from sustainable forestry. Each stretcher frame comes with a bag of 8 wedges. Two for each corner of the frame.
If you notice that the AQUA canvas is no longer so tight, for example after a longer period of time or due to a large amount of paint, you can re-stretch the stretcher. To do this, place the wooden wedges in the corner slots of the frame and drive them in with a hammer until the material is taut again.
To ensure that the canvas remains evenly stretched, you should gently tap the wedges into all four corners, piece by piece.
Field report from Goldener Strich
Leoni Pfeiffer has written an article about our AQUA stretcher frame. In her detailed report, she gives tips on which colours are ideal for working on AQUA stretcher frames and which techniques she personally favours.
Report form Amylee Paris
Quote: "I like to play with my watercolour on the AQUA canvas. The feeling with the brush is like painting on drum skin. The material is incredible." Amylee Paris
Tutorial by Joli Manoli
Joli Manoli shows here how to create a beautiful saying on AQUA Canvas using water-based paint and brush pens.
Apply masking fluid, test and procedure.
Instructions: Pre-draw. Apply masking fluid. Paint over it with watercolour. Allow to dry. Rub off the masking fluid.
The masking fluid can be removed from the AQUA canvas without leaving any traces.
Watercolour painting video by Mädchenkunst
The illustrator, author and designer Christin tried out watercolour on AQUA Canvas for us and made a video about it. But see for yourself.