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Is it a bad idea to paint watercolor on newspaper?

Is it a bad idea to paint watercolor on newspaper? Topic: Mixed media papers
June 17, 2019 / By Cari
Question: I'm making a mixed media piece of art and I was wondering, is it a bad idea to paint watercolor on newspaper? Would the newspaper shrivel up or would the ink smear or something? I've never tried it before. :/
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Allaric Allaric | 4 days ago
No -there is no problem for the kind of work you are doing, but here's a trick- you can spray the newspaper clipping with Workable Fixative first and let it dry. Then glue the piece down securely and let dry completely. After that you can paint on it and then seal it up after with some spray acrylic. You might also consider using acrylics for your paint too as this will seal the paper and help to preserve it. However for a regular watercolor painting the paper is generally worthless. It is full of acid and will deteriorate quickly. It yellows and gets brittle. The paper is not properly prepared in manufacturing for watercolor painting. What some don't understand is that you are doing a mixed media piece not a watercolor painting. Check out some work by Robert Rauschenburg!
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Allaric Originally Answered: I want to paint?
Oil is my choice - it is more messy and expensive than other mediums but allows for the most control because it takes a long time to dry so you can keep reworking an area. Also it has a wonderful rich depth of colour and once varnished will look fantastic. If you want to paint in oils you will need oil paints (duh) and a distilled turpentine to thin it out and wash your brush (you can also use water soluble oils which avoid this hassle and don't smell but are slightly more expensive). You will need either high quality paper and a gesso primer or some pre-stretched canvas, or try painting on primed wood - it is a cheap option and makes a great textural effect, and you can hang it as is without having to frame it which is a bonus. You will need some good quality sable brushes as well and good quality hogs hair brushes. And above all else you will definitely need an easel - this will be your biggest expense. Other than that you can improvise with old plates and jars to use to put your paint on and wash your brushes in. There are mediums like linseed oil which you might want to experiment with once you have been painting a while, you can mix them with the oils to alter the viscosity. Make sure you paint in old clothes and protect your surroundings too as oil paint is very hard to get out! I think you should experiment with acrylic and water colour too as they might suit you more and they are usually easier to begin with if you only want to dabble. Any good art shop will give you great advice. Good luck!
Allaric Originally Answered: I want to paint?
I love oil too. I tried acrylics but to me they are flat and became a little frustrating because they dry too fast and you can not play with the painting. Oil are more expensive but IMO they last longer than acrylics. The paints looks more richer and you can give them texture and dimension. They do take quite a bit of time to dry, but they sure stand the test of time! If you decide to go for oils you would need good quality brushes, mineral spirits (paint thinner), and paints. Do not buy student quality paints, they are not worth the money. Stretch canvas would be the best choice and you would have more flexibility and painting flat. If you pick acrylics you need only the paints and brushes. I do not know much about watercolors or gouache. I have seen beautiful things made with those. I will try them in the future. I think is more difficult to paint with them for me. To me the paints you pick are like part of your personality. I am extroverted and strong, so oils kind of go with me.

Tate Tate
Yes! If you paint too much at one time, the paper will wrinkle and pucker when it dries. Your best bet would be to go get some high quality watercolor paper from your local art store.
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Rita Rita
yess! itll probably rip easily and get shriveled up. and if you do manage to paint on the newspaper with out tares then itll dry wrinkly.
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Rita Originally Answered: What color to paint my room?
I went to the web site and looked at your quilt, if I got the right one with the crazy addresses we have to type in! Is it the one called Tahla? It's very colorful & an awesome print for teenagers. The colors you listed for painting sound great, except for lavender, because I didn't see any lavender on the quilt, but that just could be from pictures sometimes not showing true shades & its all really what you want. However, based on the colors in the quilt, the peach seems like it would be very pretty, but so does the light gray. If you go with light gray drawing out one of the dark colors in the quilt will help bring the wall color alive, but I will add to that later. I'm going to offer some suggestions just to brainstorm with you. You may like the idea or it could trigger a better idea in your mind or a friend's mind that you like even better. One thing I would suggest if you haven't already done it, is to go to a Home Depot or Lowe's & pick out the colors & the shades that you like from the samples they offer. Take 2 - 4 of each color, so you can put them together with tape, making it a larger piece. Then tape each color/shade to your wall. Scatter the colors/shades, keeping space between them, but all on the same wall. Live with this for a day or two, so every time you walk into the room you see them. This can help with the elimination process & as soon as you do eliminate a color or a shade, take it off the wall. Keep in mind the store can mix colors & if you think you might want a shade or two lighter, or darker, just ask & they will do this for free. Another thing to consider is the size of your room. If its really big, you can easily do darker shades, but if its on the small size than lighter shades will help open it up. Many years ago I took an interior design course & we were taught to never use different paint colors on walls in the same room. Several years ago, that all changed & today anything goes. What about using both colors; peach & light gray, painting each on opposite walls, but not the same color on adjoining walls. Both colors will go together beautifully, yet depending upon the size of your room, because if its too small it might look too busy with such a colorful quilt. Also to avoid the room looking smaller & too busy, be careful with whatever you hang on the walls. If you go with both paint colors, you would want to limit the amount & size of what you hang on the peach walls, but the light gray can take more. Again if you use both colors, decide in advance which walls would be the peach & which the gray; where the bed would go, where windows are, as that means less wall hangings. You might want to do a window wall or closet wall the color peach, but its not that important just make the decision in advance just in case. One of the colors in the quilt that would be great to accent with is the dark blue. For example, frames could be painted the dark blue & that color would look absolutely beautiful on a peach or light gray wall. A dark blue floor rug could be added, along with a dark blue lamp. Look in decor magazines or online for ideas that you can very inexpensively create and/or paint. I have no idea what your family's income is or what kind of budget you have for redoing your room, but for example, frames of all sizes & shapes can be found in thrift stores. Even if it has a picture already in it check to see if it can be removed & then paint it that dark blue. You can hang the frame on the wall, without the glass & then there are many choices of ideas as to what to put inside the frame. You could use numerous pictures of friends and make a collage, or a collage of pictures along with important ticket stubs, or whatever you save & has sentimental value, but not under the glass, just directly to the wall and then the frame around it (unless you want to put them under the glass). You can also attach a favorite tiny stuff animal to the wall then the painted frame around it. Then again, being 15, you may not want that item, but just to give you an idea the item doesn't have to be flat. You can have a larger frame, and the a smaller frame in the center of the large one & then something going onto the wall inside the smaller frame. If you like flowers, you can arrange just the flowers on the wall & then a frame around them. The green leaves can be added after the frame as you may have a few leaves overlapping onto the frame. Well, I never dreamed when I started this it would be so long, even tho I tried to break paragraphs up for easier reading, it is still like a book just on your bedroom! lol Your quilt will probably be on my mind all night, as I come up with other ideas for accessories, and more fitting for your age. I had 3 daughters, but the youngest is 22, so its been awhile since 15 & styles change. Do have lots of fun with your project!

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