Author: BillF, Contributing Editor
|I often paint outdoors in many conditions. In the damp and/or wind I've found that even a durable paper like the Wallis museum grade can be blown loose by the wind or can change shape in damp weather or after application of a wet media. In order to compensate for these difficulties I found a simple way to mount Wallis paper to hardboard, commonly called masonite. I selected the Wallis paper because it stands up to moisture well and so I thought would not be altered too much by direct contact with the wet gesso.
To begin here is the list of suggested materials:
Some of these items I had left over from other projects
Hardboard (masonite) 2' x 2' - 1/8" thick Cost about $1.60 US
Heavy duty craft knife or carpet knife
120 to 150 grit sandpaper
latex paint exterior grade if possible
Inexpensive hardware store bristle brush
Wallis Brand Museum Grade sanded pastel paper designed by Kitty Wallis. Obtainable from online stores. I bought it by the roll and cut it as needed.
Solid smooth surface on which to press the paper/panels.
Solid smooth board to use as the upper part of the press.
glassine, wax paper, or other material to place between panels when pressing so they don't stick together.