You Asked – Watercolor on Clay Board?

Today’s question comes from Lu:

“I am starting a ‘commission’ (poppies) for my brother.

The size is 18″x36″.

I found ‘clay board’ in that size. I have never worked on this type of surface before. The medium is watercolor.

Have you worked on this surface with watercolor.?? If so, do you have any suggestions. I did a large commission on watercolor canvas…I enjoyed working on a large piece and the surface also.

Would appreciate your suggestions. Thanks.”

Do you have any information that might help Lu? ?

Please leave your response in the comments box below.



  1. Gert says

    Clayboard would be perfect for this subject as the colors tend to be more vivid than on paper. I haven’t used that large format, but have had good success selling the 12×16 size

  2. john says


    I used gamblin oil paints to paint over a clayboard (ampersand). Then later I realized that clayboard might not really be ideal for oils. Is that really so and what happens to the finished painting when painted over clayboard?
    Hope anyone can help.


  3. lofty murphy says

    Where in Queensland can I by Clay Board? As I live in Nanango,witch is 200km from Brisbane. Thank you all they s very helpful all around.I have been drawing for over 60 years and there is always new riders cumming up Most times I have a old pad and pen with me,just to draw what I they are pretty ruff and reddy. thank you again. Lofty

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