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    Question asked 2017-01-06 17:14:48 ... Most recent comment 2017-01-06 17:20:00
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    Hi, What kind of issue can I expect if applying acrylic paint on Color-aid paper? It will be adhered to cold press illustration board.  Thanks

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  • EditDeleteModerator AnswerI have little experience with these products beyond using them to teach my students Itten and Albers color contextuality/simultaneous contrast concepts. I seem to remember being told in art school that they were silk screened and not printed but an internet search yielded no proof of this. My gut instinct is that the very saturated colors are likely not lightfast but this is only a guess. I am also not sure about the acidity of the paper. I will reach out to other moderators to see what they can add here. As to what to expect from your proposed method in terms of stability unrelated to colorfastness or paper acidity. It will depend a good deal on both what adhesive you are suing and how much paint you are planning on applying, and whether or not you are strongly diluting your paint with water. Rubber cement, which is commonly used with these papers for color studies, will not cause curling of the paper or the illustration board, it will fail overtime, so that should probably be avoided, Aqueous glues or adhesives (pva or acrylic dispersions) would create a better, longer lasting bond but may cause some curling. This may be mitigated by weighing the applied papers down while they are drying (making sure that there is no residual adhesive surrounding the papers which may stick to you weighing system. Very wet or really heavily applied paint may also encourage curling. Some of this may be mitigated by using a very heavy illustration board. Problems with curling and lack of planarity should occur during drying so you will know the results rather quickly. As I wrote, I will ask around to find out more about the papers.
    Baade, Brian
    2017-01-06 17:40:32
  • ApproveRejectUn-ApproveUser CommentAcrylic dispersion are great adhesives and since the surface of these papers seems to have considerable tooth, similar to the surface of a silk screen print, It is easy to imagine the acrylic bonding well. but tests are always useful. When thing have to stay flat, counter mounting is a most useful technique.
    2017-01-06 18:35:51
  • ApproveRejectUn-ApproveUser CommentWow, that was fast and informative! I too was told that Color-aid Paper is silk screened, and it certainly appears to be. Sadly, neither their site, nor the box that the paper comes in confirms that, but I will run under the assumption that it is. Because I dislike working with materials that are known to be not lightfast, and as I am not married to the idea of using Color-aid in the piece I am currently working on, I will skip using it. I don't use rubber cement, and purchased Golden, Gel Medium, Soft Gel (Matte) which I had planed to use to adhere paper and cheese cloth. Is this product a "Aqueous glues or adhesives (pva or acrylic dispersions) "?
    2017-01-07 09:37:27
  • EditDeleteModerator AnswerYes it is an acrylic dispersion.
    Kristin deGhetaldi
    2017-01-07 09:43:20
  • ApproveRejectUn-ApproveUser CommentThank you all for your help! --Diane
    2017-01-08 12:43:36

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