I prepped about a dozen boards yesterday morning, different sizes, different formats. Some with tissue glued on, some gessoed, some with texture paste, and some with a mix of more than one surface. I put these surfaces onto heavy, all media, cartridge paper, which I then glue to mountboard. I also added more paint to my 'table papers' and glued these to boards, so I now have plenty to work on.
The 'table papers' are large sheets of the same heavy, all media, cartridge paper that I cover my work table with. When they get messy, I use up the paint on my palette and scrape or brush or roller it over the papers. This means they are usually dark, sometimes a bit muddy, but I add a little more paint if I need to. They make great 'beginnings'. Sometimes it's difficult to start on a pristine white board or paper, and one that already has paint on and was lining my work table just doesn't give the same stress.
I then painted a few seascapes yesterday afternoon, using a few of my 'new' prepped boards. I wanted to try out different ways of painting, in a very loose, stress-free way, so I painted six different ones with the idea that if one was good, then I had had a great day. I actually ended up with three that I really like, and three OK ones that I will work on with dry media.
This painting is on a board prepped with gesso and a little pumice powder sprinkled onto the wet gesso through an old tea strainer.
|'Sailing' acrylic on board, 22 x 8 inch|
Just in case anyone is interested, I glue the papers to mountboard with PVA glue. I use a spreader to put the PVA on the board, and use plenty as the board tends to soak it up. I then use a clean spreader (or old credit card) to carefully smooth the paper, trying to exclude any air bubbles by starting in the middle and working out. I stack the boards with wax paper in between and pile a load of books on top to make sure that they dry flat.