I came up with a neat idea last night since one thing
I hate most is waiting for my gesso background to dry
when I have an idea in my head to paint up a layout.
So to get around this I paint my pages with gesso in
advance. I use a composition book to keep my layouts
in. I used to paint my layouts directly in the book
but discovered it was easier to take another composition
book, undo it's binding and paint those pages to be
taped into my journal as a tip in of sorts. It makes it
easier to paint and the extra sheet I tape it to
reinforces the pages. Plus there is no chance of me
ruining another layout by accident. So I came up with a
drying rack using items i had laying around my house.
I use a lot of flat rate rectangular boxes to mail stuff,
so I took about ten of those and covered them in press
and seal. I use these as my painting boards. By
wrapping them I still can use them when I need them
to mail stuff so it is kind of getting double duty of
them instead of them only taking up space in the corner.
I then got my old jinga game and used them as a spacer
between the boards so that I can stack them on top of
each other. So instead of having background pages laying
everywhere taking up tons of room and getting messed up
I now have a neat stack of backgrounds. You can also use
regular building blocks as spacers or Legos are a good
one too...and if you are a soda pop drinker you can take
two bottle caps and glue them together to get a good
spacer but remember you will need 8 bottle caps per board
you want to space since you have to support each corner
of the board. I posted an image of my drying rack at my
I will also use
my drying rack for my layouts as they dry from gluing too.
How does everyone else do their backgrounds?
:) Take care and happy art creations this weekend.
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