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    Strathmore Illustration boards / Boards for oil painting and their preparing

    -Well, first of all i searched for an answer here on ca but not found an fulfilling answer -

    There was a thread about oil painting last week, and some of the more advanced artists swear on Strathmore Illustration Board

    Because i am European/German there is nothing known about Strathmore,
    and so i come to my questions:
    Does something like a heavy Bristol board (about 600-900g/m&#178
    with a smooth surface the same job, or even lighter boards?

    One main thing is certainly the grounding... i used to take a german brand
    (Guardi) which gave me not the surface i could work nicely.
    Today i bought Liquitex Gesso
    (which cost about the triple to my former one)
    which i give a try now...

    Resonanz please!

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    Since I am a germany dude as well I had exactly the same Problem, but I went to the next art-supply store and they were able to order these boards for me. The bast thing is however that I didn't have to pay any shipping costs or anything like that, so I'd suggest that you should give it a try and simply ask in the next art supply store.

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    Bristol board will work. At least three ply, but five would be even better (the Strathmore board we were talking about in that other thread is twenty ply). Thin your gesso slightly and give it a few coats on each side. To make sure it dries flat, tape the edges of the bristol to a table or board when it is surface dry and let it dry completly for a day or so.

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    I love the Liquitex. I use nothing else
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavePalumbo
    I love the Liquitex. I use nothing else
    Golden Gesso is where it's at dawg!

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    Agreed. I love Golden gesso. Not quite as chalky as the liquitex. but to each his own I suppose.
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    has anyone ever tryed http://www.allenscanvas.com/Gesso.htm? i bought some and it seems to work pretty well. Its fairly cheap to.

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    Screw the illustration board, use masonite. It's cheaper and sturdier by far. Also for those of you that have it available, 1/8 inch aluminium sheets are killer to prep up and paint. Copper also works well but it's a shade more expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Imp Head
    Screw the illustration board, use masonite. It's cheaper and sturdier by far. Also for those of you that have it available, 1/8 inch aluminium sheets are killer to prep up and paint. Copper also works well but it's a shade more expensive.
    And it sticks/binds to aluminum?! How do you prep it so that it's stable?
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