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Oil paint in your sketchbook

Here is how Cesar Santos prepares pages in his sketchbook so he can paint on them in oil



  • edited May 30
    Ive ordered an A4 size sketchbook and I am going to try his method.

    Thanks for posting

  • that's a way to save money but you can get sketch books that have primed paper in them already. Just more expensive.

  • Bob . . . I didn't know that.  Where . . . Blick or Jerry's?  Thanks.
  • BOB73BOB73 -
    edited June 4
    Yes and Amazon too. Strathmore (430-309) 400 Series Oil Painting Pad (no gesso needed)
  • I've used prepared oil paper and canvas pads, but I find the slooooow drying times impractical for a bound book.  For me it defeats the point of a book, you can't close the pages for days until the paint sets-up. ...However, one reason I prefer studies on paper (other than being thrifty) is I can tape the "keepers" into an inexpensive wire-bound sketch book afterwards for archiving afterwards.  The wirebinding accommodates the added thickness.

    For studio-made prepared sheets, I use heavy watercolor paper sealed with Zinns Shellac then a layer of Zinns sealer-primer acrylic gesso.  Also works with heavy Bristol board or even matboard cutoffs.  You can get bound books, tape-bound or wire-bound pads of watercolor paper in varying weights.

    I only use arylic gesso on fabric-covered hard panels or stretched canvases.

  •  Ted, Bob:   Thanks for the info.  Ted:  One way around slow drying paint is to use a "dryer."  I used to use Liquin, and a year ago, I switched to cobalt dryer (Grumbacher).  I use about 4 drops per ounce of my medium (equal parts OMS and cold pressed linseed oil).  It dries overnight.  In the Santos video, above, I believe he mentions that he uses Liquin, and for the reason you mention . . . speeds drying.
  • Don't know how relevant this is but I agree painting in a sketch book is impractical but I can see how one might want to organize that way.  so if you wanted to you could perforate your sketches and add them to a binder ring. There are devices and rings available at some art stores but more likely office supply and print stores. Writing this made me remember a friend's homemade portfolio made from two three-ring binders and fiberboard covers. It was over 2x2 feet. Don't know if fiberboard is still available, plastic is and just as strong.
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