Re: Aspect ratio frustration
You could gesso watercolor paper cut to size in the aspect ratio you want, paint in oil on that, then either get your piece custom framed under glass or compensate for the frame size with matting and use a ready made frame. I own an oil on paper piece framed under glass - I bought it about 20 years ago and it still looks wonderful. Personally, for my own work, I don,t worry too much about the archival quality of my supports. That said, there is a painting by Toulouse Lautrec in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC that is done on corrugated cardboard - you can see the ridges in the cardboard because Lautrec decided to use the brown color of the cardboard as the color of the gentleman's jacket. Lautrec painted it 120 years ago. So, I am guessing that gessoed watercolor paper will last at least as long as I do.
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Last edited by maturingartist : 06-22-2016 at 11:55 PM.