Before painting I tried something different on the paper’s surface. First I “sealed” it with Liquitex “Flexible Modeling Paste” which left a slightly uneven sandpapery texture. When that was dry the whole surface was coated with a slightly dilute mix of “Ultra Matte Medium.” It made for a less perfect surface, of course, giving the paper a hint of the mysterious, a touch of the unpredictable. Dare I say perhaps also a hint-of-Danger?
I decided to go almost all-the-way. TRANSLATION I tried making this picture on a half-sheet (15″ x 22″) of Arches 140-lb. hot press paper (don’t you just love the deckled edge on mold-made paper?). Let’s just say I’m not so comfortable working that large. Up side is that the next one on a quarter-sheet (11″ x 15″) will seem small!