Originally Posted by barbiemumu
Thanks Hal, here in market we get canvas board which says-'acrylic priming and acid free'..What will be fine among both boards
Am an amateur artist ,and want to try on selling them of. Will it be professional if I sell OP paintings on cartridge paper..
If you're going to sell your work, you owe it to your customers (patrons) to give them as good and durable product as you can. I don't think cartridge paper qualifies. I also use 140# watercolor paper on which I layer a coat of gesso for protection and I'll add a top layer of gesso with marble dust mixed in for added tooth. As I previously mentioned, the Matisse background paints are actually colored gesso with some tooth added to it already. I often like to paint on a toned surface and the background colors work great as does the masonite that has been gessoed with clear gesso.
Canvas board (which I also use) doesn't require any extra gesso but if you don't like the canvas texture to show through the final work, some extra thick gesso smoothed across the canvas surface with a credit card can remove that texture. If I did the extra smoothing, I would want marble dust in the final layer.
Warning: Clear gessoed masonite, and canvas panels really eat up the oil pastel sticks. These surfaces really encourage heavy, thick application of oil pastel. But this is the way I paint.
When I was a soft pastellist, I was a grinder and applied my pastels with a firm twist grinding the pastels into the paper. I learned from Herman Margulies who often broke his pastels as he was grinding them into the surface.
That's the way I learned and I tend to do the same with my oil pastels.