"Gesso on Watercolor Paper"
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This video is a demonstration about why and how I gesso my 300 lb watercolor paper.
I paint as much as possible - acrylic paint on canvas and watercolor paper. When I travel, I paint on watercolor paper. When I'm in my studio, I prefer acrylic paint on canvas.
For me, when I paint with acrylic, I prefer the paint to respond and react the same, no matter what the substrate is. As long as I paint on a gessoed surface, the paint will respond practically the same - paper or canvas... practically the same!
So again, all my paint surfaces are gessoed before I begin painting.
Gesso - I prefer a high-quality, professional gesso like Utrecht Gesso. There are many others, but this is what I prefer.
As you can see in the video demonstration, I "trowel" the gesso all over the surface with a discarded strip of foamboard and, used as a trowel, allows for a quick application of a thin coat of gesso over the entire surface. The trowel is discarded and the gessoed surface should be dry after a few hours.
I have found I really enjoy painting on 300 lb watercolor paper - my favorites are Cheap Joe's Kilimanjaro and Fabriano Artistico. I gesso only one side before painting.
I don't always paint on paper, but when I do...