Yesterday I ventured in a new direction – applying watercolor paper to various mediums. The goal is to be able to paint on the paper, then varnish it and hang without a frame like an oil or acrylic painting done on canvas or board. I started with two different “boards”, a Baroque wood panel (r) and an old canvas with a horrifying acrylic painting of mine that I happily sanded down (l).
I used acrylic gloss varnish medium to adhere the 140 lb. watercolor paper to the mounts. I then placed them face down with weights on the back while they dried. The small 4×6 paper on the wood panel worked great. Unfortunately the paper on canvas has several bubbles (you can sort of see them in the image. It was tough to capture, especially since the dog inserted his head into most of the shots). I think I had too much varnish, and I forgot to put any sort of weight against the back of the canvas itself. I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to do anything with it, but I’m going to take the time to do some more experimenting to see if I can flatten it out any more, or remove it and start again.
I’d like to try other things to mount the paper to, and I’m also going to see what it is like to mount a completed painting to the board. If this works (and I like the way the end result looks) I can possibly mount all my work and not have to worry about storing frames without scratching the wood or breaking the glass.