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Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground. In the past watercolor has been confined to paper. Now, with this exciting new ground, You can paint on almost any surface or object with watercolor. It’s very easy to use. Just brush it on.


  • Preparation
    Absorbent or semi-absorbent surfaces require no special prep before brushing on DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Ground. These include paper, canvas and other fabrics, wood, plaster, shells and hardboard. Non-absorbent surfaces such as metal, plastic or glass should be lightly abraded with sandpaper or steel wool before brushing on the Watercolor Ground.
  • Application
    We recommend using Watercolor Ground straight from the container. It has a thick, brushable consistency. Use a soft-haired synthetic brush for a smooth finish or a hog bristle brush for a more textured finish. Since the ground is pigmented with Titanium White pigment, one coat will cover most surfaces; very absorbent surfaces such as unfinished soft wood may require two coats, allowing the first coat to cure before adding the second. Wash brushes immediately after use.
  • Curing
    Let Watercolor Ground dry and cure for at least 24 hours. This allows it to attain the right degree of absorption.
  • Painting
    DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Ground works beautifully with watercolors and thinned acrylics. Because it creates a surface more absorbent than paper, you will want to use less water with your paint. Experiment and see what works best for you. It also works beautifully with DANIEL SMITH Masking Fluid.
  • Finishing
    As with all watercolors, your work on DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Ground will need to be fixed if it will not be framed behind glass. GOLDEN Archival Aerosol MSA Varnish with UVLS is an excellent spray varnish that will protect your work on any surface. Use it at room temperature in a well-ventilated area.

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Daniel Smith Dot Card Sampler
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FREE with Purchase of $15 or more of Daniel Smith Products! One per order please.

1 'Dot Card' so you can try colors without having to purchase a tube. This is a great way to get to know a color's working properties, versus looking at a printed color chart!
(colors will vary)

Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground 16 oz
List Price: $28.25
Our Price: $16.95
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Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground 1oz Titanium Buff
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FREE with Purchase of $15 or more of Daniel Smith Products! One per order please. Choose from Titanium White, Mars Black or Buff Titanium.

Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground 1oz Buff Titanium
Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground 4 oz  Mars Black
Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground 4 oz Mars Black
List Price: $13.25
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Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground 4 oz  Mars Black. With this watercolor ground you can turn almost any surface into a toned or black ground for watercolor painting, as well as collage, pastels, pencils and mixed media work. Mars Black will make Daniel Smith Luminescent Watercolors really “pop”.
Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground 4 oz Titanium Buff
Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground 4 oz Titanium Buff
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Our Price: $7.95
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Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground 4 oz Titanium Buff. Buff Titanium is great for value studies and provides a gorgeous, classic-looking surface for work in neutral grays, earthy reds, black and white.
Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground 4 oz Titanium White
Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground 4 oz Titanium White
List Price: $13.25
Our Price: $7.95
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Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground 4 oz Titanium White. Allows you to use almost any surface for water media. Titanium white is especially high covering and is great for covering over mistake, allowing you to repaint over it with watercolors.
Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground 4 oz Transparent
Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground 4 oz Transparent
List Price: $13.25
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Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground 4 oz Transparent. Transparent Watercolor Ground lets patterns and textures show through. Maintain the  grain of wood panels or the colors and textures of decorative paper, fabrics or found objects as you enhance them with watercolor paint and mixed media materials. You get a protective coat for your substrate along with pigment-gripping tooth.