For my color theory final, I decided to do a series of five images influenced by the style of Alphonse Mucha. I researched Mucha's work and saw that the majority of his works were lithographs. Naturally I wasn't going to do something that intensive, so I changed my strategy and decided to do the pieces in colored pencil, using watercolor pencil to get the washy background effect I admire so much in Mucha's work.
Problem? My first two pieces are drawn on bristol board. And wouldn't you know it, it wasn't until I whipped out my newly purchased watercolored pencils to do a little test run on a spare sheet of bristol that I discovered bristol board doesn't like water any more than regular paper does. Bummer, huh?
So, my question to the conceptart crowd: Does anyone have any suggestions for how I can achieve the effect I want without utterly destroying a good few weeks of work? I've discovered that applying a very, very thin coat of water with the tip of my finger keeps the paper from buckling and does give an effect similar to what I want, but that was only on a small block of color; I can already imagine what the background of my piece would look like if I tried that method on the whole thing.
The project isn't due until November 16th, but I've still got to draw, ink and color four other images. Any timely help would earn you my undying worship and affection.