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About Substrates, Surfaces and Grounds

Thinking ahead to how your work will be presented is crucial. For example: mounting encaustic that is painted on paper is far different from working on panels or sculptural work; it's surface is flexible and susceptible to cracking, slag and other problems. Also the type of ground chosen can effect how your painting looks and feels. Remember how your work is presented will define how your substrate is constructed.

Making Samples
Watercolor Paper
Wood (Includes MDF, Masonite, etc.)

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    Revisiting old topics and filling in holes is quite a chore, yet a necessary one, one that will offer more quality information. For example: recent activity and questions surrounding hardboard and/or masonite, has directed our attention to fill in the blanks on that topic (currently under revision/addition), as well as, more about gesso (specifically encaustic gesso) and other topics (search the tabs), all are in the works. 

    Prior years were to get as much general information as possible up and available- a starting point. More and more however, new topics are focused and detailed, and old ones will be getting revisiting; removing any possibility of confusion. 

    I should point out that this is a one person operation (takes me awhile to get around to everything, ohh yeah, I should make some art), Anyway, where was I?, oh! one person operation..., even though I tend to refer in posts and topics as we, it is to remove the need to revisit things later when it really is we. All of this whilst working, making art, and whatever may be the case.

    As always, I welcome any opinions, comments, and questions- simply contact me.

    Thank you
    Jonathan Parks