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rachel_
« on: March 09, 2005 08:25:37 AM »

For my art exam, I plan to do a huge painting, well I say huge, about 1m square. The only problem is, I have no idea what surface to paint it on to. I can't afford a canvas that size, and paper and card might be a little too thin. I plan to use acrylics/oil paints, so I need a surface that will be okay with that, any ideas?

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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2005 08:36:06 AM »

Hi Rachel
Have you ever tried Masonite? It is pretty cheap and you should be able to get it at your local hardware store.  Just give it a light sand and gesso the surface the same as you would a canvas.
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2005 01:22:36 PM »

This is off topic but if one were to paint on cardboard with acrylic paints is gesso necessary?
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2005 08:01:08 AM »

you'd probably get a smoother, more even surface but i'm not 100% sure...

could you use some sort of cheap wood maybe?  Or is that more expensive than the canvas that you're looking at.

edited to add, maybe you could back up the paper with some cardboard to make it more sturdy?
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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2005 09:50:33 PM »

I had to do a maxi painting for an art project, and ended up doing it on a large piece of wood;I primed it with house paint.

Other students I knew went dumpster diving and got large pieces of glass, a sheet of rusting metal, dented plastic, astroturf and bubble wrap from Home depot and a packing store respectively.  I also remember someone found two old wooden doors...  As long as you can prime it you can paint on all kinds of surfaces.   One girl actually stretched a couple of yards of muslin fabric over a handmade wooden frame and used that.


maybe you can do the painting comprised of a lot of smaller canvases/ other materials and  just press them together, then when you display them pull them apart to look like separate window panes.
Uhm.  I hope this made sense to anyone but me.

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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2005 03:26:21 AM »

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y dont u take a cheap wooden frame the same size as u want ur painting to  b and then cover it with a plain thick quailty but cheap cotton fabric. the kind they use for lining in sofas etc. and then u can paint on it.
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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2005 03:40:44 AM »

This is off topic but if one were to paint on cardboard with acrylic paints is gesso necessary?

The gesso creates a more sutable surface for painting.  It will bleed into the cardboard and fill some of the pores so you don't have to go through tons of acrylic paint.  It also creates a white surface to paint on, your colors will be more vibrant and true.

Cheaper than gesso, you can get primer paint at a hardware store but make sure its WATERBASED otherwise your painting will peel.
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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2005 01:14:52 PM »

This is off topic but if one were to paint on cardboard with acrylic paints is gesso necessary?

The gesso creates a more sutable surface for painting.  It will bleed into the cardboard and fill some of the pores so you don't have to go through tons of acrylic paint.  It also creates a white surface to paint on, your colors will be more vibrant and true.

Cheaper than gesso, you can get primer paint at a hardware store but make sure its WATERBASED otherwise your painting will peel.


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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2005 07:25:49 PM »

One idea is to paint over something else.  I work at goodwill and we get large ugly motel paintings fairly often, you could buy one cheap and prime it (with flat house paint or primer) then paint away.  Another idea is to paint on a salvage door - if it odesn't have to be a specific size.
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