October 27, 2014

Cardboard - Carton

Dear Visitor,

no painting this time.
I thought to share some Information on painting on carton or cardboard.

For over a century it is quite common to use cardboard for oil paintings as well as canvas or wood.
Carl Schuch, Carl Spitzweg and Picasso painted on cardboard, just to name a few famous painters.

The material I use is professional acid-free, 3mm strong carton, used to bookbinding.
Acid-free cardboard does not dissolve over the years and thus is a very good alternative.

Painting on cardboard is different from painting on canvas, as I find. The carton absorbes the oil quickly, leaving pigment on the surface. With this technic you can paint purely with oil right from the start. For those familiar with oil painting technic, one can completely leave out starting with a thin wash of turps.
On the other hand you can not quite well mix the color on the surface. 
Since the paint gets "dry" very fast you can create different effects due to this which is worth spending some time experimenting. You can overlay colors almost as if you paint with Acrylics with the advantage that your paint on the palette does not dry up, for example.

Anyway, hope this is helpful for those of you painting with oils and for those of you enjoying fine art in oils, I hope this is informative and interesting.

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