I discovered this method of handling watercolor a few years ago and was very excited to try it. It makes a very lightweight piece that doesn't need to be framed. At this point I have used this method on many of my newer paintings as you can see on my website.
After the painting is finished it is sealed with a UV resistant coating as it will not be under glass. It is then mounted to a cradled wood panel made from birch. After pressing to make sure the fixative has a good seal it is trimmed and the edges are sanded for a smooth finish.
The piece is then sealed with several light coats of cold wax to protect the surface of the painting. I find it brings out the colors and makes for a beautifully vivid finish.
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