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Recycle old work

A letter by Kate Rook in the December 2016 issue of Leisure Painter asked if acrylic gesso would obliterate an unwanted water-soluble oil painting. Last summer I also had a canvas board that I wanted to reuse. I applied two heavy coats of acrylic gesso over dry water-soluble oil and when dry a further ground coat of mid-tone Student quality acrylic paint.

A year later, after using the panel as a backing board for acrylic and watercolour papers and a lightweight mounting board for my camera tripod (for painting en plein air), there is no sign of the acrylic gesso or paint layers separating from the surface. Perhaps not definitive proof, but the panel has been flexed, twisted, scrubbed clean with wet rags and is still going strong without any signs of deterioration.

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Welcome to a summer of drawing and painting with Leisure Painter. This month we tackle summer landscapes, gardens and flowers, buildings, harbours and boats, animals, local scenes, a moonlit seascape, horses and a flamenco dancer in a variety of your favourite media. If you're ready to try something different, experiment with oil pastel resists with acrylic inks and watercolour, look at coloured grounds for mixed-media work and embrace digital with an app that will help you draw and paint better pictures! From loose and lively to detail, monotone to colour work, and projects from photographs to how to paint from life - enjoy another month of practical tutorials, demonstrations and inspiration.
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