Adhering paper cutouts to oil paintings

24 Feb 2009

Q: One of my students wishes to mount some paper cutouts from magazines onto her oil painting on stretched canvas. What would be the best way to adhere these, and what is the best way to seal them once the surface is dry?

If the surface is dry, your student can apply a layer of an alkyd, such as Liquin, over the entire painting, and the images can be applied while the Liquin is wet. After the first layer has dried, coat the canvas with two or more layers to seal the images like a decoupage. Applying a final varnish will seal the artwork.

--by Camille LaPointe-Lyons

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