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Question asked 2019-08-21 10:15:45 ...
Most recent comment 2019-08-23 18:21:20
Sizes and Adhesives
What would be my options for sizing an absorbent handmade paper (i.e. a Japanese paper) for a subsequent ink, watercolor and gouache painting? It would be framed under glass or plexi when finished, of course. Thanks for your thoughts, MITRA folks!
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There are so
many sizing options that it is hard to single any one out. Some like
hide glue, are part of watercolor paper and they do a great job making
the paper resistant to the wicking of water and protecting the paper
fibers from pollutants. Using a manufactured animal size is probably
worth the cost, to avoid cooking and storing issues. Starch, is also
somewhat resistant to the capillary action of water media, but it does
have cooking and storage issues. Ethers of cellulose, like methyl
cellulose and hydroxy propyl cellulose, Klucel G, are both non polar and
non bioactive, but they may be too soluble to give the water resistance
that a watercolor paper has. Here, too, the best course of actions is
to make tests of different sizings to see how they resist the water and
how they age in light, over at least six months.
Hi! I would recommend sizing handmade, unsized paper with gelatin. You can either surface size the paper (by brushing the sizing on with a hake brush) or tub size it (by immersing the sheets in a tray or tub of gelatin). You can also use wheat starch paste and methylcellulose, although this is less common.
You can purchase gelatin for sizing from art supply or paper marking supply shops. The Natural Pigments website has good instructions for preparing and applying the gelatin: https://www.naturalpigments.com/artist-materials/sizing-paper-gelatin/. The Papermaker's Companion: The Ultimate Guide to Making and Using Handmade Paper by Helen Hiebert also has directions for various surface-sizing processes.
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