View Full Version : Support board behind large pastel paper?

01-27-2010, 10:53 AM
I am working large (3x4) and even if I have my pastel paper mounted onto another surface (acid free foam core, 4-ply museum mounting board), it still flops around on my easel, not staying flat, unless I clip it to several pieces of large foam core board.

I did try a large piece of gator board, but it is very $$$ and I need to move it each new pastel I am working on at once. I want to keep things light - I did try mounting the pastel paper to 8-ply board, but it was VERY heavy. My easel is a large Richeson easel.

Any suggestions?

sandra burshell
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01-27-2010, 12:19 PM
Hi Sandra
I am working large and build supports for different sizes from door skin
cut to sizes that I use, I cut two pieces of door skin and glue them together with 1/2" x 1/2" ceder strips around edge and across middle on large boards I use the same for smaller works but leave it hinged so I can carry my paper out to the field inside my board with holds the finished pastel until back home
door skin is the best support for me as it gives a little and is light, yesterday I had a 30 x 40" out at the shore
my small drawing board cut to fit canson
my large set up, I use a bungy across the back to hold board to easle and to carry

01-27-2010, 12:36 PM
Where is door skin and where do you buy it?

01-27-2010, 12:46 PM
It is the material that is used for interior doors
I get mine from lumberyards

Paula Ford
01-27-2010, 01:46 PM
I love gatorboard and get it here:

Deborah Secor
01-27-2010, 01:59 PM
Sandy, I have a large piece of clear plywood, good on both sides, cut to about 3'x4' in size that I put on my easel. Then I clip or tape the corners and edges of the mountboard with the paper on it to that board. (Do you have banker's clips (http://www.google.com/products?sourceid=navclient&rlz=1T4DMUS_enUS221US222&q=banker's+clips&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=hX1gS7-5KJLYsQOim5XCCw&sa=X&oi=product_result_group&ct=image&resnum=1&ved=0CBcQzAMwAA)? I find them quite helpful in clipping things to the board.) The studio easel I have is large and sturdy enough to hold the big board stable, so nothing flops or wiggles while I'm working. I slip it behind the easel against the wall when I'm not working that large.

I don't know if that helps, as it isn't lightweight, but the mountboard is and I only have to manhandle the plywood up on the easel if there isn't someone stronger nearby to impose on to do it for me!


01-27-2010, 02:06 PM

What is clear plywood? How thick do you buy it? I assume that that stays on your easel and that you use your banker's clips to attach the drawing you are working on at the time.

What is mountboard and where do you get that?

I had some banker's clips but did not know the name and the local art stores do not carry them! Where do you buy them?

Sandra Burshell

Deborah Secor
01-27-2010, 04:04 PM
I bought clear birch plywood, good two sides, at a local home supply store. They cut the boards for me, so I needed to know the sizes I wanted up front. They charge by the cut, so having a good idea or a diagram is best. The plywood is 4x8 feet in size (though maybe you can get it smaller.) I have the half-inch thick board.

By 'mountboard' I simply mean the acid free foam core or 4-ply museum mounting board you already have paper mounted to, if that's what you like to use. I often simply tape or clip my Wallis paper, or whatever I'm using (Pastelmat lately), directly to the plywood, as I like to work on a good sturdy backing.

Here's a pic, though it's not a big painting:
You can see this smaller board is grody looking after years of use, but I just wipe it off and keep using it.

Get the banker's clips from any of the links above. The Amazon price looks good, but shop around. (I buy mine at my local art store, Artisan.)

Hope that's helpful.