So I really wanted to try the aquabord, by ampersand, it sounds amazing, but expensive, so I tried to create my own,( I made some claybord, following a recipie I found online, it works ok). But the aquabord was not as much of a success-I decided to find a paint that is water loving…absorbing ( I know Daniel smith does a watercolour ground, I have it, but wanted something with a different effect) so according to the Internet, anti condensation paint absorbs moisture, my light bulb flashed on, worth a go?? So I obtained a small pot of paint, and a few A4 hardboard panels I already had, I was off, left to dry over night, voila, it looked good, so after a few tests, it did take the watercolour paint, and it does wash off clean too, just like the aquabord, but the watercolour paint is not vibrant, and it is hard work to get coverage. I will use the panels I made, but I think I will invest in the real thing.
This is Chico on my hardboard, coated in anti condensation paint, then watercolour, I also spray fixed it when finished, just in case it is not stable. The other picture is a quick study of Chico in a multi coloured pencil.