While I love painting on canvas, I equally enjoy painting on paper. Painting with Acrylics (or oils for that matter) can easily be done on a nice heavy weight paper such as a watercolor paper (I prefer Arches Cold Pressed papers but also use their mixed media paper). Unlike with watercolors, I always gesso the paper first, leaving to dry flat (no taping the edges/corners). While the weight of the paper is more like canvas, it has a very smooth surface unlike canvas which, for me, brings a different kind of freedom and brushwork to these paintings.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Now - the age old question - but how should they be presented?
Option 1: float framing under glass
Watercolors are often presented under a mat and frame with glass. While this is an option, since I don't have to leave a white border for taping down my paper while I work, I prefer painting all the way to the edge and leaving a nice uneven deckled edge on the paper. Recently, I have been framing these pieces with a float frame method (using a spacer between the matboard on which the artwork is mounted, edges showing, and the glass). You can find out more about float framing in my previous post HERE, although I tend to leave out the extra mat now and just frame to the edge of the paper as shown above. While I love this look, it is time-consuming and a bit of a materials investment. So...
Option 2: mounting on bamboo panels
As I was looking into new ways to present my prints, I came across this lovely little product by Plywerk that provides a backing to your print using bamboo in an interesting patterned cross-section. While I like this look, I was looking for something a little deeper. So, I emailed them to ask if they would make such a thing - and what do you know - it's currently in the works! As I was admiring this product I started to think it might be interesting to mount original art on them as well (I've been planning out a 100 flock of birds series, with 100 individual little paintings, which would look great on these!)
But - they would look great with float framing too!! Argh... I can't decide!
So what's a girl to do? Ask my customers! Here's your chance to cast a vote - FLOAT FRAMING or MOUNTED on BAMBOO (like picture shown but about twice the depth). What do you think?
VOTE ABOVE RIGHT.
Posted by Jennifer Lommers at 4:12 PM