Turpentine disposal & Paper to a backing board

24 Feb 2009

Q: How and where does an artist dispose of turpentine?

Turpentine is a hazardous waste product. You may be able to take it to your local fire department, but you should contact your local EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) office for more information.

What is the best way to permanently attach a piece of Canson pastel paper to a backing board--such a mat board or foam board--to give it more stability and put it at less risk for buckling when it is framed? Is there an archival-quality spray glue that I should use?

Lascaux Gloss Medium is a great archival medium that will permanently bond the paper to any porous surface, such as mat board. First, paint the backing with the medium directly from the container or slightly diluted. Then, quickly paint your pastel paper and lay the paper down gently on the backing, starting with the two top corners and smoothing down as you go. Be careful not to moisten the backing or the pastel paper too much during the process because too much water will make the paper curl. If you prefer to use Fome-Cor, it is usually dry-mounted because it can easily warp; a framer can do the dry-mount.

--by Camille LaPointe-Lyons

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