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90 Lb. Watercolor Paper and Gesso

by vinacurtis , August 21, 2010—12:00 AM

Topics: acrylic, art, surfaces, watercolor

I was given a 9 × 12 pad of 90 lb. watercolor paper that I really wasn't that excited about because I prefer 140 lb and 300 lb. paper to work with. But, now I am very grateful to have the paper because I have learned that I can add strength to it with gesso and use any medium on it that I would like to work with."Butterfly Dream'in" is an example of ink and acrylic fluid paints on 90 lb. gessoed watercolor paper.




  Lucie Bertrand

04/18/2015 * 10:28:10


This is exactly what I was looking for. I have a big roll of 90 lbs watercolor paper and even after soaking the paper in water and mounted on a board to dry, the paper still make big bumps when it's dry. I would like to try your technique, applying gesso on one side of the paper. Can you explain more in details your technique and also if you paint on the gesso side of your paper. Thanks!

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