A few weeks ago I got it into my head to try painting on cardboard. It has been such a fun adventure. I almost can’t stop myself from painting on any piece of cardboard I can find. I love the texture of the bumps and lines that form when I start painting the cardboard. Although I know that this is not the most stable surface to paint on for archival purposes, I have been doing a bit of research. If gel medium is used to coat all surfaces this forms a good barrier prior to painting. And I am so delighted that the little dimples and bumps still appear.
There are a number of reasons I love painting on cardboard:
- It’s free.
- I’m recycling materials.
- It’s readily available.
- It’s lightweight.
- I can experiment more freeely.
- Love the texture.
I am also recreating the look of painting on cardboard on my large canvases. Everything is about the same except for the texture.