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Old 06-14-2018, 06:41 PM
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Mounting question...

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.

Steven
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Old 06-14-2018, 07:07 PM
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Re: Mounting question...

if you have the canvas, why would you paint on WC paper and glue it to the canvas?.....utilize the canvas as is...the paper needs to be protected somehow...

the paper can be utilized by itself but must be framed under plexy or glass....
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Old 06-14-2018, 10:05 PM
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Re: Mounting question...

Mounting on Masonite (Hardboard) seem like the logical solution. Use the same mounting method as you did on canvas. If the paper is completely covered/sealed with acrylic paint or varnish you won't need glass to protect it.
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Old 06-14-2018, 10:48 PM
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Re: Mounting question...

Masonite works and doesn't cost too much.

I've found mounted paper to be more easily scratched than canvas.

Any painting of value should be varnished. You can't count on the layers of gesso and paint to keep moisture out of the paper.

In a humid location, moisture can also soften the edges of the masonite. I seal my boards with acrylic medium.
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