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Old 07-08-2019, 04:31 PM
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Confused about using plywood, etc. for wax/oil pastel art

I've been experimenting with mixed media on plywood, birch, wood boards, etc. and really love the texture. Wasn't sure where to post this.

I'm using Caran D'ache Neocolor II, Posca paint pens, and Pitt brush pens. I don't always wet the Neocolors, so they are more like oil/wax pastel. I am also experimenting with Neopastels.

I'm confused about the longevity of using plywood (or birch) for my substrate. Here are my questions:

1. Can I use ungessoed birch plywood?

2. Do I have to sand plywood down?

3. If I buy cradled wood boards, can I use them without gesso?

4. What should I spray or fix the wood with if it will be hung unframed? The dry Neocolor and Neopastels are easily rubbed off. So I'm not sure what to do.

Thanks for your help!

Susan
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Old 07-09-2019, 02:38 PM
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Re: Confused about using plywood, etc. for wax/oil pastel art

Hi Susan and welcome!
Since wood is acidic, I would gesso each piece. If plywood is too rough you might want to sand it down so it does not tear up your brushes. Spray with Krylon protective coat; there are several varieties.
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Old 07-09-2019, 02:48 PM
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Re: Confused about using plywood, etc. for wax/oil pastel art

I agree with Kay. Wood is too acidic for any art to last on it without some type of barrier between it and the art.

If you want the wood to show through, you can use clear gesso or one of the GAC products from Golden. I'm sure there are many companies who manufacture clear products that still protect the art from the acid in the wood. An internet search would probably help you choose the one right for your application.

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Old 07-09-2019, 05:43 PM
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Re: Confused about using plywood, etc. for wax/oil pastel art

Thanks so much! I just got clear and white gesso. Thanks. I don't use brushes, so I don't think I need to sand. The material isn't that rough. I'll check out which Krylon product would work best.

I really appreciate it.

Susan
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