Hello fellow artists!
Ok. Part of my portfolio of work is painting miniatures (see attached images). I like to use oils (because of the long open time) on paper (because of the way the paint is absorbed upon application). Currently, I use Arches oil paper, which is like a watercolour paper rather than most other oil papers which resemble a canvas-textured, treated (slight gloss) heavy weight paper.
Now, here’s the dilemma, the Arches oil paper is cold pressed. Meaning it has a rough texture to it and due to the small scale I work on, I have to use the reverse side as there’s slightly less bump. On that scale, every piece of lint becomes a tree in the road! Even the rough grain of the paper is sometimes an issue!
What I would love to find is this:
-Needs to be hot pressed or textureless.
-Preferably super smooth grain/toothless like Bristol board.
-Is safe to use with oil paints.
-Could be a printing paper that’s ok with oils too.
Failing those, is there a chemical or substance I could treat heavyweight hot pressed paper with to make it oils safe?*
*Things like clear acrylic gesso would not be suitable, as it would be forming a barrier on top of the paper, which would defeat the object of painting on paper. I’d be painting directly into the clear gesso instead.