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12-26-2009, 05:29 PM
Is it ok to paint oils on cardboard ?
just for practice as i seem to have a never ending supply in my house cereal boxes toy boxes ect ect.
I have plenty of canvas panels+primed ply homemade panels but seems a waste just for practice or painting with the kids.
Will i need to prime cardboard or can i paint directly on to it ?
12-26-2009, 08:45 PM
It has been a while back. But there was a member from Russia that uploaded a piece done on cardboard. I am not sure if prime or resin was used. Toulouse-Lautrec did pieces on cardboard, here is the link:
12-27-2009, 09:54 AM
Yes, Frederick Church painted on cardboard. If it was good enough for him.
12-27-2009, 10:12 AM
12-27-2009, 01:43 PM
No problem especially for practice. It is a bit absorbent and sucks the oil out of the paint unless you prime it. If you want to prime it and still keep the natural cardboard or packing paper colour then just prime with PVA glue thinned down as a size. I often paint on the pieces that are cut out of the middle of watercolour mats but if you do produce something that is really a keeper then it is best to back it to another hardboard panel to be safe.
12-27-2009, 05:40 PM
If you prime with shellac you will be in business. Pva glue may warp some cardboards, depending on thickness. goodluck!
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