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Old 03-19-2017, 10:04 AM
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Re: Alternative to canvas?

I agree with several others on here. Get some hardboard at Home Depot, cut it to size, three coats of gesso ,sand it if you prefer and you are ready to go. When it comes to canvas, I like watercolor canvas. It is very smooth. When you paint on a rough surface, like canvas, with acrylics , you are fighting two battles . One is filling in that texture of the canvas and the other is the fast drying time of the acrylics. any way that's my two cents worth.
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Old 03-19-2017, 12:30 PM
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Re: Alternative to canvas?

I'm thinking of using acrylic paper instead of my customary canvas as it's less expensive, easier to store and much cheaper to ship, the only thing is I'm not sure what I can use as a support to tape the paper to when working,I mainly work on 60 by 90cm and up so I'd be grateful for any suggestions
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Old 03-20-2017, 02:47 AM
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Re: Alternative to canvas?

I paint on Yupo - which is a "plastic paper" in the same sizes as you - this is my set-up with a 30"x40" painting. I mounted a piece of "sound board" on the wall - you can get it at home depot. I use a bookcase for my taboret. Instead of tape I use push-pins to hold my Yupo - the soundboard will hold a push-pin much like cork - but is a fraction of the cost. It does leave pin holes in your work around the edge - but to me that's acceptable - paint pretty much fills in the holes anyway.
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Hi and thanks Bongolian, looks like you've got it sussed. I use an old bookcase for mine as well although I actually prefer to work on the floor. With the board that you mention I'll be able to do that so cheers. Looks like an interesting painting you have there
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Re: Alternative to canvas?

Thanks Laf. The board is very light an advantage if you will be moving it around. If you decide to stay with tape instead of pushpins be sure to give the board a good coat of paint first. The cork-like fibers of the board will sometimes stick to tape.

The painting is "the card counters" - N. Korea's Kim Jung Un teaching his generals blackjack.
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