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Old 20-11-09, 07:19 PM
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Default sennelier tube paint on what ground/gesso?

Hi again!
I have a question about the Sennelier tube paints and trying to use a ground over wooden panels that doesn't involve rabbit glue. I just can't do rabbit glue, but what are the alternatives?

I have these panels in bamboo

What would you suggest for the best archival longevity given the materials I'm using? I'm assuming the tube pre mixed tempera behaves in a different way to the real thing, and may not lift up on an acrylic gesso? (Using traditional tempera is not an option for me right now as I have very little prep time to make real ET thanks to living with a very bossy toddler) Has anyone had luck with the Old Holland variety of gesso?

Or do you think I could work directly onto something like Strathmore illustration board and mount that onto the bamboo?

I had been working directly on one of the bamboo boards and it doesn't seem flakey or unpleasant, again, I'm wondering if the tube paint will work and dry happily just on it's own. (are you fainting in horror?)

Once again, many thanks!

Last edited by spocklady; 20-11-09 at 08:38 PM. Reason: additional information
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Old 27-11-09, 05:26 PM
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No, not fainting in horror.......I was first introduced to ET through Rowney tubes and painted on watercolour boards back in 1991. They are still as fresh as the day they were done. I don't think you will have any probs with using illustration board, it is after all a rigid surface. In comparison to 'real' et it just takes a bit longer to build up the under surfaces to stop the paint 'sinking' in.
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