Re: [art_education] Wet media paper
- It may sound weird, but to "get by" with watercolor on thinner paper I iron them on warm stacked 3 or 4 high when complete and they are flat as a board afterwards. Watercolor paper is so expensive and heavy 80lb paper works fine when I use the iron.
From: Elizabeth Vetne <evetne@...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 4:12 PM
Subject: Re: [art_education] Wet media paper
I can't really afford to purchase more expensive, heavy weight paper, so I have the kids tape the paper to a big board (like a piece of cardboard) on the edges. Use large pieces of tape to create a whole white boarder- it looks nice in the end with a border, anyway! When you do that and allow the paint to dry with the paper taped to a board, it's not completely wrinkle-free, but the edges remain nice and flat. It's not perfect, but better than nothing!On Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 5:01 PM, David Exner <dexner@...> wrote:You may want to see if a local printer has any sheets of bristol board or index weight paper. If you are ordering from an Art catalogue, you could get by with 80lb white sulphite.Peace,David ExnerWe make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill
David G. Exner
Art Teacher & Art Club Co-Adviser
Community High School, District 94
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You might try using a very heavy white drawing paper or white construction paper. I generally like the white construction paper best since it is usually more absorbent than the drawing paper I have. But in any case, there is still some curling of the paper. Heavy duty water-color paper is the best to use, but as you say---it is very expensive.
I make my own tempera cakes using powdered tempera and because of this the tempera is more like watercolor than tempera. It is a problem to find good quality paper for this activity. I generally prefer to use liquid tempera but sometimes that is not feasible due to all the supplies and the clean-up involved.
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What paper do you use with tempera cakes? The paper I use says its for all wet media, but after it dries, the edges curl up and watercolor paper is too expensive to use everyday. Any suggestions??? Thanks, Ellen
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- I've also used a variety of papers for painting. They all respond based on their quality. There is the 80lb. manila and the white sulphite paper I purchased at Sax Art Supplies, tagboard, student grade watercolor paper, construction paper, and even standard copy paper in a pinch.Here's what I think...the thicker the paper, the better the durability during painting. However, my students have used manila paper and copy paper with ink wash and have had decent results. The problem lies in rubbing with the brush. The more the child scrubs or rubs the loaded brush on a surface, the more the paper disintegrates.So I have students do a series of paint exercises on cheap heavy paper, like manila, (not thin newsprint) until they are fairly comfortable with the medium, and then there will be less scraping and rubbing when its time to work on a graded painting assignment.Also, in reference to paper curling up, all papers curl up when they get wet and then dry. Watercolor paper can be taped down around the edges with masking tape or painter's tape on a drawing board or desk to minimize the curl, but there is still a curl. So I have used heavy flat boards (drawing boards) to flatten the work after it dries and I have been successful with this most of the time. A note about heavy tempera on paper, it cracks.Miki Rodriguez
- yea...so much expense, especially supplying one district K-12...too much on one thing a detriment to other.I eventually eliminated watercolor altogether. Well...traditional.I found it cheaper and even easier to teach methods using gouache...and you can buy Yarka 12 40ml plastic pods for $14http://www.aswexpress.com/discount-art-supplies/watercolors-and-gouache/yarka/gouache-sets/yarka-gouache-12-color-set.html?utm_source=googlebase&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping&gclid=CKaU6-2z9LMCFelDMgodLCAA9Awhich lasts a long time.Chromacryl with pumps...good value...and as for tempera using up what I have left of the old Crayola powdered color. Really liked those, mixing the consistency I liked storing in ketchup plastic squeeze bottles.The tempera worked well used like watercolor, and I would tape freezewrap paper shiny side up as palettes that were easy to clean. If I had multiple classes, they were easy to wipe with damp sponge for next class, and my ketchup bottles could put enough at the top for students to use.a lot of illustrative techniques of applying washes of color over ballpoint pen drawings stretched my budget and developed some good little artists.Never was a big fan of using tempera so thick it cracked on paper anyway...but tempera acts very much like watercolor, the color is good...and goes a long way when thinned with water and applied as such.Thus...my 80lb white sulphite paper has proved to be fine...best if washes of color simply do not extend all to the end of paper...but regardless...if the paper has a curl when dry, I show students how to take the 12"x 18" sheet of paper (or smaller) to the flat end edge of a table. Grip it curled side up, and rub along the side (much like dragging paper strips across a scissors to curl). Done with care...you easily draw the curl right out of those paintings. They flatten easily enough and that's that. Of course if you're painting thick tempera that cracks, you can't do that...
- I keep a regular iron in my class room and we actually iron work that has curled to much- it only takes a moment to make our papers flat again.
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