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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: preparing wood for painting on: September 17, 2012 11:16:44 PM
When I use masonite or wood, I like using shellac to prime the surface. It doesn't have a lot of tooth like gesso, so the paint seems to sit on top of the surface and really makes brushstrokes stand out. I like working that way, but I do know there are a lot of people who dislike it as well. If you prefer gesso primed surfaces, I prefer to do the multiple coats with in between sanding. You get a really nice finish with some good bite to hold the paint.

If you go for masonite, make sure it's oil pressed. The other stuff isn't much better than cardboard and will soak up moisture like a sponge and crumble. The oil pressed works great though!
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sketch book question on: September 17, 2012 11:06:38 PM
When my notebooks and sketchbooks have thin paper, I only use one side. Though I never know what side of the book I'm using so I can never be sure what side of the page I'm drawing on so going through them I'll have some drawings on the left and some on the right. But I've been using sketchbooks with really thick, cold press paper so I can use both sides now. Of course I tend to use sketchbooks out of order and keep them until there are no empty spaces left at all! When I get out my sketchbook I'm usually having to respond fast so I never know if my book is even right side up or not... going through my used sketchbooks is usually enough to give me vertigo. Smiley
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