I spent my scraps free time today creating my own home made pastel surfaces using recycled 300 lb watercolor paper and Liquitex Clear Gesso... and I love the results.
I had some partially painted water color paper practice sheets that had been sitting around for years. I cut them into smaller pastel sizes (9x12, 8x10, 5x7 and aceo). I used a 4" wide foam brush to put one coat of the gesso on unpainted side of the paper, let it dry ( about 10 minutes) then came back and added a second coat of gesso atop the first. The gesso stiffened the paper making it even stronger for pastel application, and the grit in the gesso gave just the right amount of tooth to the surface for the way I apply pastel. I was so please with the results that I repeated the process over the colored side of some acrylic beach washed watercolor scraps. Again. It worked beautifully, allowing me to see through the grit to the colored paper.
I can't imagine why I didn't try this sooner
|Liquitex Clear Gesso over unpainted watercolor paper|
Well actually, I do know why. I love working on textured surfaces. .. the more texture the better, and have tried applying grounds etc. to make my own. I usually find it all too messy and time consuming, so I wind up opting for more the convenient, albeit smoother, manufactures brands of sanded papers . This is a classic example of what I meant when I confessed, in yesterdays post, that I tend to put off all but the painting until later. I read first read about the Liquitex process over a year ago in Karen Margulis 9/12/12 blog post. And I heard about it again this summer from another pastel artist in the Charleston art Guild. Both said that it was a fast, easy, and inexpensive way to create one's own textured surfaces. Even with those voices to recommend the process, I took no action beyond purchasing the Clear Gesso . I have been on a roll with my painting this year, and I wasn't about to let anything like the possibility of a better surface get in the way of expressing my vision.
|Liquitex Clear Gesso over recycled beach wash watercolor paper|