I just got a pad of this stuff (seen here) - don’t worry, I didn’t pay that much. The cover states it can be used with oil paint. Cost-wise, I liked the idea of being able to cut a sheet in half for my daily practice painting (that’s all that they are at the moment). Definitely more economical than pre-gessoed boards and less work than cutting and priming my own masonite.
Anyway, tried it for the first time yesterday. Initially, I thought it was great. The paint when on super smooth, took my base layer really evenly - I was pumped. I started painting away…and, blech! The oil seemed to absorb into the paper and dried really fast. The finished piece is matte and chalky; it looks like guache - lifeless guache.
Now, I probably just need to throw in the towel on what felt like a good idea, but am just curious if anyone has used this product effectively. The cover definitely says oil paint and the little I could find online suggests the same. Would a single coat of gesso seal the paper, do you think? Will gesso sit on the paper alright or just flake off over time?
Just curious! I love the idea of being able to practice on something that doesn’t eat in to my wallet or my time.