How to paint on paper

How to paint on paper


Painting on paper is an art form in itself and requires many areas of technical expertise to ensure sustainable and lasting work of art.

There are thousands of types of paper, from stone and textured paper. Paper can be made in different colors or specially made. In this exercise we are going to use the cheapest paper, a simple sketch or pastel paper, and prepare this paper for various resources. About this method which can be used even with cheap and least durable paper and the result will be a very long lasting work of art.

Painting on paper with acrylic

The secret of painting on paper and making less expensive paper is in the wonder of acrylic medium. Acrylic, brand new product, mainly plastic in liquid form. When it dries, and it dries quite quickly, it forms a highly resistant and protective layer of plastic. It also has excellent adhesive properties, making it suitable for many painting and manufacturing purposes.

Material for practice You will need the required material.

  • Paper – preferably a cheap pastel or bond paper.
  • Some tubes of acrylic paint, especially white and not a student grade of paint.
  • A nice white acrylic house paint.
  • Some kind of painting brush.
  • Containers for water and old rags
  • Some oil paint tubes.

Paper preparation

In this exercise, cheap quality paper will be used for the purpose of explaining how to strengthen the paper for each type of painting.
The paper needs several layers of thin acrylic paint or medium. Three layers should suffice. Let each layer dry before the next application. The texture you want to create will be determined by the amount of acrylic paint or medium you apply. If you want to maintain the texture of the paper, a few thin layers of acrylic medium will suffice.

In this case, it is a good idea to take some rags and work gently on the paper to gently remove the color. If you want to create texture, apply deep layers of acrylic paint or medium on your paper. You can add elements as per your need or make the texture of the paper. For example, as the acrylic dries, you can add fine sand to the paint, wipe off more after it dries. However, heavier textured surfaces such as hard boards and canvases are more suitable for stronger surfaces

Once the medium or paint is dry, it is ready to work on your surface. Acrylic paint and medium is basically a layer of plastic that protects the surface from oil and other elements. Acrylic medium also strengthens paper. That is why relatively cheap paper can be used in this way. However, remember that we are still dealing with paper and there are limits to its strength and flexibility.

The last step in preparing paper for painting is to stretch the paper. It is not necessary, but if you want to paint with water-based paints, it is recommended. Water-based paint moistens and reflects the paper, making it difficult to shape later.

Stretching paper

This means that the paper should be placed on a piece of hardboard and taped with brown packaging tape. This paper should be moist, not wet, before being placed on the board. Once the wet paper is securely taped around it, the paper will dry out and grow stronger. This is because once you apply water and watercolor paints on the surface of the paper, the paper will curl in proportion to the dampness. It can be difficult to work after that.

Painting on paper with water-based paints

Water-based paints, including acrylic, are an amazing and sharp medium for painting. Acrylic will dry very quickly. That’s the downside, too, because better details can’t be worked out for long. However, there are several acrylic and water based extensions on the market that keep the paint wet and therefore work longer.

Painting with oil paints

One of the advantages of making paper with acrylic medium is that once the paper is secured or sealed by a strong layer of plastic acrylic, the oil paint cannot enter the paper and it can rot.

Therefore, anyone can use acrylic as well as oil based paints and mediums on the finished acrylic paper.

There are many benefits to using oil on paper. First of all, it can be an ideal way to learn about sketching as well as the possibilities of oil paints, as it can be a demanding resource. It is also a very cheap alternative to canvas and board and once dried, it can best.

More easily, many famous artists have used this method to quickly oil their subjects before painting on canvas. One important factor to keep in mind when using oil on paper. Remember that you can’t use too much oil on paper or you run the risk of exploding too soon. Paper is a flexible base and if your oil paint is too deep or thick, surface movement can cause cracks.

The best way to paint on paper with oil is to not use anything with turpentine and white spirit as your solvent, and the safest result is to paint more than two layers. Basically, oil painting on paper should be thin and sketchy. You will be amazed at the luminous and amazing effects that can be obtained with oil painting on paper.

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