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Question asked 2017-10-14 15:13:18 ...
Most recent comment 2017-10-25 13:33:58
Is Arches Oil Paper an acceptable support for an oil painting with a long life? Alternatively, do we know what makes this oil ready, in a way that is different enough from what you usually call paper, which is not oil ready due to the rot attack of oil to the paper fiber? (Perhaps this paper is a synthetic polymer?) I am aware of some other common problems associated with painting on non rigid supports, but am interested in using marouflage techniques to adhere to panels for greater stability. Is adhesion of paint on paper-in general- for impasto technique problematic?
If oil was the medium usually used for hand touching photos, do these have acidic oil rotting issues?
Sorry for the host of inquiry, I am a curious person:) Thanks for any ingith into the oil paper etc.
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I am sorry to say that I have not been able to find out what is in this product, much as I have tried. This has come up when I was in France and I had to admit ignorance. Since there is protein sizing in their watercolor paper, they could simply size the surface more heavily, and keep it simple, but that could lead to discoloration, if the paper is left exposed and is on display. Their description mentions it being cotton, with CaCO3 and no optical brighteners, and they also mention its absorbency (which is mentioned in the artists who tout it on line) and I keep asking myself how can the fibers be protected from the fatty acids in the oil, if the paper is absorbent? Crescent makes a paper that resists media going through it, which I think has a wax core, since it can be torn, but I don’t think they recommend that for oil. I have worked in oil on Arches Watercolor paper and it does come through, so there is something more added, here. What I have done is to begin working in acrylic washes and building up to thicker layers and then oil and those look good decades later.I will continue to look. If this paper were adhered to a panel, like Dibond, with acrylic medium, I think that combination would be durable.
The manufacturer explanation I have seen is that, since the paper is internally sized (in the wet pulp), the cotton fibers are isolated. It was explained that the sizing itself allows solvent and vehicle to penetrate the paper surface, but the paper fibers are apparently not in direct contact with the paint vehicle. The actual sizing was not disclosed, which naturally made me start guessing. My current stab in the dark guess is a synthetic like AKD, though I have no data to back that up.
Just wanted to share that we have applied oil paint to this paper - both straight and thinned with some solvent - and examined a cross section under a microscope and the paint did, indeed, appear isolated from the fibers. But the testing was limited so all the usual caveats apply.
Sarah, that sounds very promising. I'm glad you shared your results.
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