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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Sealing Watercolor Paper for Heavy Body Acrylic Paints



My above painting, Crashing Waves by Lighthouse, Ribadeo was painted on sealed watercolor paper. While I paint on canvas, I also use sealed watercolor paper and other supports. By sealing paper I can use my acrylic paints and mediums as I would oil paints. I can paint straight from the tube, wet into wet and glaze layers of paint. I have been asked how I seal watercolor paper. I prefer smooth paper to cold press or rough paper as I like to create my own textures. I tape the paper to a board with masking tape. This will leave a ½ inch white border on my completed painting. I then lay matte medium over the paper. This medium strengthens the paper and acts as a fixative. Once dry, I next lay a clear gloss medium over the support. This makes the paper non absorbent and allows me to use my acrylic paints as I would oil paints. I like to glaze either a muted warm or cool imprimatura over this dry layer. Once my completed painting is dry, I varnish it.

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