|'Wildflower Study #1' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
The roll of paper arrived and the first step was to cut it to size and get it to lay flat. They didn't want it mounted but I ordered archival foam core 30x40 to use as a support. I had hear stories of the challenges of getting the paper to flatten and stay flat. I was a bit worried when I cut the two pieces and they curled right up.
|Oops! I can't paint on paper like this!|
I did some research and read about rolling the paper in the opposite direction. OK that can't hurt. So I rolled each piece opposite the curl and secured the rolls with several rubber bands. I left them rolled this way for a few days. I was busy with other things so I had time to let them stay rolled.
|The paper after it was rolled in the opposite direction. It is almost flat!|
After a few days I took off the rubber band and was happy to discover that the paper was almost flat. If I was going to mount the paper it would have worked just fine but I wanted it to be perfectly flat. Another flattening tip suggested that you spritz the paper lightly with water.
I took out a small spray bottle of water and lightly sprayed the front sanded side of the paper. I didn't soak the paper but just gave it a light spray all over. I put the paper on my large studio table covered it with blotting paper (from my mono print experiments). I then weighted down the papers with the heaviest books in my library. I have some big, heavy art books!
|My heavy-weight art books hard at work!|
I wasn't in a rush to take the books off since I was going to be out of town for two weeks. That gave the paper plenty of time to get nice and flat. When I returned home it was time for the moment of truth. Would the water spritz and heavy books do the trick?
|Perfectly flat Uart paper|
[Since I first prepared the paper I have done this same process with less time spent on the rolling and books. I had success flattening the paper. In one case I sprayed the back of the paper and must not have gotten even coverage so I had some bubbles. From now on I will be more careful and only spray the front sanded side of the paper. I plan to prepare several smaller pieces of the rolled paper and let it stay under books for a week so I have a stash of flat paper ready to go! ]
I was getting excited to start the paintings but there were still a few more things to do to prepare. After all that flattening I wanted to be sure I got the paintings right the first time! Tomorrow I will share the next step in the commission process.
|All ready to paint!|