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  • Using newsprint in mixed media work.ApproveRejectUn-ApproveSubscribeUn-Unsubscribe
    Question asked 2019-04-17 02:52:27 ... Most recent comment 2019-04-21 00:38:57
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    I make mixed media work with a lot of paper elements, mostly drawing papers which I paint watercolor. However, I also use newsprint which I glue onto areas of acrylic paint and rub some of it away, and then paint that in watercolor. It bothers me knowing that newsprint yellows over time, and although changes to my work and the watercolor paint I later paint this paper has not had any color shift, ​I would like to chose a better alternative. I need a paper that is thin, short fibered, that can absorbed water-based paint. Nothing caught my attention at the art supply store, except for layout bond.

    Generally I seal these areas using a product called Polycrylic.

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    ​FYI you might be able to pull up some useful older threads by entering terms like "collage" or "newsprint" into the search field. I did find one that may be of particular interest here. Anyhow have a read and then get back to us if you have additional questions.

    Kristin deGhetaldi
    2019-04-17 10:15:36
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    ​I recommend looking at printmaking papers. Many papers in this category contain a high quality fiber content, and will have similar absorbency to newsprint due to light or absent sizing. German Etching, Copperplate, and BFK Rives are just a few that come to mind.

    Matthew Kinsey, Utrecht Art Supplies
    2019-04-17 16:55:34
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    Thanks, I tried to look up older posts but there is no "Paper" section here, or "mixed-media." That post isnt' so useful, I don't use old newspaper, I just was previously buying pads of newsprint and am trying to move away from that. I do cover them in a clear acrylic (not the same as gloss medium, but still probably delays change to it).


    To the other poster - I will look into those options and was meaning to scope out printmaking paper next time I go to an art supply store. Thanks.​

    2019-04-21 00:38:57
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