Consider preparing paper, board or canvas with tinted watercolour ground. A neutral or tinted-base color is a terrific way to set the mood and atmosphere of your artwork!
Tinting also allows you the option of matching your painting foundation to any object you wish to paint, creating an invisible surface! Try tinting your watercolour ground with Aureolin and give a golden glow to your watercolour paper when painting sunny landscapes.
It used to be that watercolour painters had few options beyond white paper or a few coloured boards. Now you can turn almost any surface into a toned or black ground for watercolour painting, as well as collage, pastels, pencils and mixed media work.