How to Paint With Encore

Before starting a painting, wipe the surface of the board with a damp microfiber cloth and dry with a paper towel to remove any fingerprints. You will need a dish or a plastic cutting board, a jar of clean water, a damp microfiber cloth, watercolor paint and a good brush.

Set your board on an easel or any stand you have handy. Squeeze a little strip of paint unto your dish or board, wet the brush and load it with paint.

►Do a test brush swipe on the board off to one side to see how the paint flows onto the surface. If you cannot get the paint to flow, touch the side of the brush to the damp microfiber cloth, absorbing the excess water. When the amount of water and paint on the brush is correct, you will be able to easily flow the paint onto the board.

This is a skill that will require some practice, but since the board is completely erasable, you can use it as a learning tool. You will want several different types of brushes. Flat brushes are best for doing skies or water; pointed brushes for details such as trees and houses. Experimenting with different brushes and practicing is essential.

If you want clouds in your sky, you can create them rapidly with crumpled paper towel or facial tissue while the surface is still wet. If you prefer, you can let the surface dry, reactivate the paint with a light spray of water and make the clouds at any time. For features that protrude into the sky such as tall buildings, birds, airplanes, ship’s sails, etc., it is very easy to "lift" the shapes of these features from the sky with a brush that has been wet and then had the water squeezed out of it (a "thirsty" brush). Then paint the details of the features in as soon as the surface dries.

Because Encore is completely erasable, these effects have never before been possible. If you lay down a blue sky, you can create cloud effects by simply dabbing the surface with a crumpled tissue or paper towel and the white “clouds” will magically appear. You can lay down a darker blue surface to make water in a lake or ocean, and add glistening highlights afterwards with the flat edge of a slightly damp brush.

All of your highlighting, such as sunlight glinting on a lake, white tips of waves or snow on dark mountains can all be rapidly "cut" into the painting with a thirsty brush after the painting is dry. At any point in the painting, even after it is completely dry, if you see something that doesn't look right you simply wipe it away with the damp microfiber cloth or Q-Tip and paint it back in correctly, without disturbing the rest of the painting. Use a clean part of the rag or Q-Tip for each swipe to avoid transferring paint from the rag back to the surface.