Hello fellow artists...
I have been studying or more to the point... painting with acrylics for about a year or longer. I geberally paint on stretched canvas. Recently though a friend convinced me to try painting acrylic on 300# cold-press watercolor paper. This proved to be a little more economical in price and convenient for storage before and after painting. I would pre-gesso the paper prior to painting and achieved similar surface qualities to the gesso on canvas. Herein lies the issue I have... mounting the painted (or unpainted) watercolor paper to a prestretched canvas. I had made a few custom sized canvases and prepped them just fine. It was suggested I apply gel medium to both the canvas and the paper then apply the paper to the canvas, work out the bubbles with a roller and weight it to maintain the contact while it dried. I gotta tell ya this worked great. But it's cost prohibitive, for me anyway, to continue this practice. So I'm curious if anyone else uses this or a similar method or is it just not practical to continue painting on watercolor paper and using expensive gel medium for mounting.
I really copuld used some insight on this.
Thanks so much to any who can advise.
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