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« on: March 10, 2008 10:34:49 PM »

Hey everyone,

I was wondering if anyone could suggest an effective method of affixing, say, magazine clippings or photographs onto a canvas, in order to then paint over them?  Like a wash of some sort that could be painted on to ensure no lifted edges? 

The girl at the art store, I believe, suggested acrylic medium.  She told me it's fairly sticky and might work. 

I thought you all might have some other ideas though, or is the acrylic medium a good bet?  And could you tell me whether each method would be glossy or matte?

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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2008 10:46:15 AM »

Elmer's school glue and water.

If it holds flock to a mini, it'll work for paper! Citadel also makes a pva glue that's expensive, but holds a bit better. I thin it down, too.

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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2008 12:27:49 PM »

Acrylic medium or a glue wash will or atleast, SHOULD work. I sometimes use modge podge in place of acrylic medium because I can't be bothered to go buy it :/. It works fine.
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2008 01:09:39 PM »

The elmers glue + water should work out nicely. But I've tried the mod podge myself and I didn't have any problems with it!

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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2008 12:27:58 AM »

It really depends on how professional you are wanting your piece. I can't really attest to the elmer's glue idea because I haven't used it. The problem that I anticipate with it, though, is that if you get it thick in some areas it will look sorta cloudy. Mod podge will also.

You're best bet is the acrylic medium. It was designed for use on canvas and you can buy it in either a gloss or a matte finish. If you want gloss it is simple called "acrylic gloss medium" and matte is just "matte medium." This at least gives you an option, plus it dries really clear either way. I have used this and it works wonderfully. You brush some of the medium on the canvas, place the paper on top, and brush a little more over the top of the paper to seal it in. Let it dry and you're set! You can add as many layers on top as you wish. One thing to keep in mind when collaging on canvas is that it causes that surface to become more brittle and less flexible, so you are best to use stretched canvas and avoid storing it where it might get punctured from behind.

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