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12-11-2000, 11:13 AM
I have a question... Can anyone tell me if gesso seals watercolor paper sufficiently to over-come the need for acid free mat board?
Coating 140# watercolor paper on both sides with gesso has proven to be beneficial to me for several reasons....so I wondered about this acid free question. Any info would be greatly appreciated. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol
12-12-2000, 05:02 AM
I would doubt it. I had a canvas gessoed and it got wet on the gessoed side... over time, I noticed the moisture came though to the back. I am not a techie, so this is just my guess. I would think it might protect it in the short term, but not the long...
speakin' out of my ... since I can't say for sure.
12-12-2000, 05:04 AM
did you ask this in the watercolor forum? they might have a better idea - or even the oil forum since they are gesso machines...
let me know what you find out! I am curious
12-12-2000, 06:03 AM
Thanks for the come-back Shriner...and I guess I will post it there after all. I had hesitated, since it is not the usual kind of post we do there, but that's ok..
Since I gesso both sides of the paper, I had a thought about getting away from the more expensive mat boards...maybe not http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
12-12-2000, 07:26 PM
Carol, I have to ask--why do you gesso your wc paper???
12-13-2000, 01:12 AM
Phyllis... it started out as a part of the proceedure used for a certain watercolor project I was involved with. I liked the way the watercolors didn't absorb - especially when working very wet on wet. It is also a great way to "save" on paper - you can re-cycle those paintings that you were going to trash. It also prevents a lot of buckling that can occur even when taping the paper down. Try it, you might be surprised!
PS: I do both the front and back of the paper.
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