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    Suitable Grounds for Large Paintings

    Hi Forum,

    Just wanted to drop a quick question to you guys. I have a large expanse of wall behind my couch and think I want to do a large abstract for the space. What grounds would be suitable for something of that magnitude (maybe 5 feet wide by whatever tall)? Of course there is canvas but I have never experimented with anything else; always hear of the Renaissance chaps using gessoed panel and such but my main concerns with this project are 1) that it hangs safely (not too heavy) and 2) that the ground doesn't warp due to the dampness of acrylic paints.

    I have painted on gessoed masonite for a small piece and it seemed good. Well anyway, all insights are appreciated.

    Sir Jon

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    Use canvas.
    Even a thin panel at that size is going to get pretty heavy.

    always hear of the Renaissance chaps using gessoed panel and such
    But not at 5 feet across, unless it was installed as an altarpiece or similar.

    One of the main reasons canvas became a popular support is that you can make a huge painting that doesn't weigh too much.

    Keep in mind that if you frame it, you probably just doubled the weight and it'll need to go into the wood or bricks, not plasterboard..

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    Use canvas or linen attached to foam core. You can get archival foam core in 4foot by 8 foot sheets probably larger; its light weight and if you get it thick enough it won't warp anymore than a panel will. Many plein air painters have been using foam core for years with no problem.

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