These past few weeks I have been prepping paper and canvas for new work. I thought I would share how I do this.
I use mostly Arches 140lb. cold-pressed paper because I know it best and I prefer the way it accepts paint and the processes I use.
The first thing I do is to stretch it onto a board and staple it down. After it dries I then tape an edge around it, usually the width of 1″ painters tape. I started doing this because I found out if you use gel or gesso much and cover the staples they are very hard to removed when the painting is finished.
I nearly always cover the dried paper with a few coats of gesso or other texturing mediums and I do the same on canvas. I like having this under-texture to begin painting on, as well as the way it can still show through the layers of paint. It usually takes overnight to dry completely inside the studio. But if it is a sunny day it can go much faster outside although I usually take them back indoors for the night and paint on them the next day.
Anyone else use a similar process?