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    Icon Gessoing Cartridge paper?

    I've been experimenting with paper, and now I'm interested on moving on to a larger scale.

    The paper shop people suggested I buy a huge roll of cartridge paper and then gesso it. It's cheap, it's really big, and its portable (I can roll it up, which is important since I'm studying abroad).

    However, it's so big that I can't really stretch it. I don't have a board big enough to stretch it. When I was talking to them, they didn't tell me to stretch it. They told me just to gesso it. Everyone else is telling me I will need to stretch it to keep it from wrinkling. However, I'm think that if I gesso it, and don't add any water to the gesso or soak the paper first, then maybe I won't need to gesso it. I do have to gesso it because the paper is so thin that applying acrylic would cause wrinkling.

    Does anybody know how to deal with large scale thin paper? Are there alternatives I could do? Maybe buy smaller pieces of paper, and then connect them together... or something?


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    Perhaps don t gesso crap paper? I bet all the time you d spend messing around with this your better off getting a roll of heavy watercolor paper.

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    What exactly is your end purpose with it?

    -Just keep it as sketches?

    I'd be more scared of the threat of it to rip than the wrinkling, regardless!
    -Especially when you talk large scale and travel!

    What is the options of using some cheaper cotton fabric? -No personal experience myself, just thinking loud here

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    The issue isn't crap paper. Anything under 150 lb paper will wrinkle, and trying to buy anything above 150 lb is cost prohibitive (150 lb roll of paper is about 150 quid. Not cheap)

    I found someone who had some cartridge paper in smaller amounts and I tested it. It doesn't wrinkle. Not a problem.

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    here in berlin I can find a 10m roll of 300g/m for like 70 euro or so I think. Maybe the UK has inflated prices?

    Whats the purpose of your travels? Depending on what your doing I might leave the paint at home and just draw tbh. If its any sort of backpacking trip your going to wanna travel as lite as possible. Trust me.

    Otherwise idk about this cartridge paper. Obv if its too thin its going to wrinkle and stretching a ton of it sounds like a huge pain in the ass.

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    I'm doing a semester at an art school in London, and at the end of my stay here I have to pack up everything and take it home. Things that I can roll up are easiest.

    70 euro for 10m of 300? That's a really good price. I haven't seen anything like that. Maybe I should double check.

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    Making it way harder than it needs to be. Just get a roll of primed canvas.
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    True, but how does that work if I don't stretch it?

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