046 – Pamela Caughey – Mount COLD WAX/Oil Painting on Paper to Wooden Panel 🎉

046 – Pamela Caughey – Mount COLD WAX/Oil Painting on Paper to Wooden Panel 🎉

– [Pam] Here’s a really large piece that I adhered the paper onto the board and I just wanted to explain that this is a large piece, a big job. And it’s really helpful
to have a person help you if you’re working on such a large scale. Because what this is is four sheets of 22×30 Arches oil paper. And it’s been adhered to cradle panels. So you can kind of see the seam. There’s one seam between
two of the paintings. And then over here, because it was meant to be a diptych, here’s the other seam. And you know you can kind
of disguise some of that. But I did cut off the deckle edge. And tried to get the marks
to match up really well. Hi Vincent. This is largest one I
ever tried to adhere. Here I want to show you my table where I am about to adhere
a painting onto a board. And here’s what I have
kind of waiting and ready so that I don’t have to
look around for things when the time comes. So first of all, when you’re done adhering
your painting to the board, you’re going to need some weight. So I grabbed some of my heavier books. And this is the number that I have. You kind of see the
size of them compared to the size of this painting. Which is 22×30. And the painting is dry. And it’s cold wax and oil. And then I have a board that
I’m going to be adhering this painting to. And it’s a cradle panel. You can see it’s wrapped in plastic. Here’s the plastic. I’m going to take the
plastic off, obviously. But I just want to show
you that if I lay the board on top of the painting, you can see that there’s
excess all the way around the perimeter of the board. In general, if you plan ahead, and you know you’re
going to work on paper, try to work in sizes that
you know is easy to get the corresponding cradle board for. If you work in odd sizes then you’re going to have to get a custom board made and that can get pretty expensive, so. So anyway, I just want to show you that there is an excess beyond the panel. Then I have some paper towels handy. I’ve got my messermeister. Or any silicone tool or
a brush for spreading the adhesive. Got an X-Acto blade here. And then I have my gloves. I have some paper towels. And as far as the adhesive I use, this is an adhesive I like to use. But it’s not the only
thing that you can use. This is Lineco. And it says EVA neutral PH adhesive. And then it says university products. And this is originally recommended to me by the people at Gamblin. They said that well if
I’m going to attach canvas to board, then I should use this. So I wrote on here, you know, pre-primed. I have pre-primed canvas
and I wrote a note on here so I wouldn’t forget what it’s for. But since that time, I found that this works
really well to adhere your painting, your
painting that’s on paper onto the panel. But you can also use Golden’s products. They’ve got various gels. It doesn’t matter whether
it’s gloss or medium. But the main thing is that
you just want to choose your adhesive and then make sure that you got enough of it so that it’s really going
to secure your painting. All right. So here is my panel. And I’m going to just
take the plastic off. There’s no need to tape off the sides or do any of that. Because even if I get a little bit of glue on the sides, I can sand it off. You know I just don’t
think it’s really necessary to go the extra step of
putting tape on the side. Also I’m going to just dump some out. And you don’t have to go overboard. And I’m just going to do this. And spread it around
with this messermeister. Be kind of generous with the amount that I put on here at first. So I can go to the corners. Go to the edges. And I’m almost done here. This messermeister tool works really well because it has a pretty
wide covering edge here and again, get the edges, the corners. And you don’t have to
do this in a big rush. You’ve got time. Make sure you’ve got a brayer handy. So I’m going to move this. And put my glassine down first. My protective layer. Then I put the painting face down. Move this out of the way. Here’s the glued part. I’m going to put it like this. And I’m going to watch the edges. Okay. So once you’ve positioned it. And the reason I put it
on the back side like this with the painting side down, is because I can see if the
board is kind of centered on the painting. Okay, so now the painting is face side up. Take the glassine. You can also use wax
paper or freezer paper. Now this is kind of an important step. Take a brayer. Start from the middle. And using some pressure, not too much, you want to work from the center out. And you’re just making
sure that every part of your painting on paper is touching that adhesive. Let’s do this a couple times. Okay. So I think that’s pretty good. Going to turn this upside down again. Again with that protective
glassine underneath. And then, I put all my
weights on the backside. This. Okay. All right. So then we just wait. And then tomorrow I’ll come in. Let this sit overnight. And I’ll show you how I trim the edges. And hopefully it all went well. Hey everyone. So I’m back in the morning now. And going to check on
how well the painting that I showed you yesterday has adhered to the cradled panel. I also have a very sharp blade here. It’s brand new. I’m going to take all
the weight off right now. Okay. So, I’m going to lift this up. Yep, looks good. So now. Here’s my brand new blade. So I’m hoping you can see this okay. But I’m just going to start with this edge that’s right near the camera. So you can kind of see here. So here again is the cradled panel. And then here is the
painting that’s adhered. And below it is the sheet of glassine. And then here’s my cutting mat. So I’m going to take this
very sharp razor blade. It’s never been used. I just start to trim. Be really slow and careful. Try not to catch the cradle itself. It’s not that hard to go
through Arches oil paper. So when you lift this up here, you can kind of see this first edge. Turn around here. Okay, so there’s the first edge. Okay and then the last short end. So yeah, got a couple scraps. That you can see there is
paint on some of these edges that I cut off. But it’s better to have that than to have your paper
smaller than the board. So you’re going to lose a
little bit of your painting. So just to get sort of a
idea here of the edges, you can kind of see how
nice and clean that is. Okay, all the way around. And as far as adhesion goes. And you want to just feel along the edge and make sure that everything is good and secured on there, corners. And the seams really good. It’s awesome because now it feels like I did it right it on the
board in the first place. It’s really nice. (bass)


  • Mo Mapes says:

    Hi Pamela- I do have a question- how do you finish the side of the wood panel? Do you leave it raw or paint it? Thanks for this video!

  • RuttRho says:

    Is there a reason why you just didn't paint on the panel?

  • Mark ok says:

    I wonder….along with Ruttroe…why you don't paint right on the panel?

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  • Francesca F says:

    Hi Pamela, Thank you for showing this, and for answering my question on "Instagram". Wondering why you don't coat the back of the paper/painting, to seal it and then let dry, both, board and painting and then add the "glue" layer. This was the way I was taught, I found after awhile I would sometimes get bubbles even after weighing it down and waiting overnight. Hence the sealing first. It mostly happens on very large pieces. Also, is there a reason you don't "seal" the back of your panels….here again I had troubles, they didn't come up for about 4 years, my panels started coming apart, (the frame work). My painting friends all said that they "seal" the back and sides with an acrylic varnish they buy at the hardware store, just wondering. My panels were custom made and also from "Amerstand". May also just be our area, Seattle, very moist, but the paintings were stored at room temp for the most part. LOVE your work and enjoy learning from these videos. Hope to take the course someday. Thank you also for your hard work in making these.

  • Liselotte Pabst says:

    Super schönes Bild, leider verstehe ich die Technik nicht ! Könnte man auch in deutscher Sprache etwas bekommen ?! Danke. 😊

  • J Mac says:

    This is exactly what I wanted to learn…you make it look easy! Thank you!!

  • Martha Wakefield says:

    Fabulous Pam, You knock the process out of the ball park again! very inspiring!!!

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  • Catherine Cowley says:

    Hi. Would you be able to provide us with the type, finish & brand, etc. of cradle panels? I have discovered that there are many different types with varied types of wood or other material and finishes. thank you!

  • cat yeah says:

    I just came across your demo. Fascinating! I'm about to delve into larger works in Cold Wax/Oil, so this was VERY HELPFUL!
    Question: On the bottle of adhesive, you wrote a note: pre-prime the canvas". I was wondering…does it matter if the cradled board is primed? Also – Do you have to prime the BACK of the Arches oil paper before adhering? Thanks bunches for you generosity! Hug, cat

  • itsjudystube says:

    I like the logic of working on paper for ease of storage and selecting the best to be mounted

  • luminor007 says:

    By far the best video I have found showing how to do this so nicely!! Thank you Pamela. : )

  • Andrea Harutunian says:


  • brenda purdie says:

    Beautiful painting…thank you for your fantastic videos!

  • painterly03 says:

    Thank you Pamela. That glue really holds in your video. Will get some. Also trick of putting weight on the back is perfect. Haven't done that yet and needed to a few times.

  • Aina Danai says:

    Thank you, Pamela! As always very-very useful.

  • Kimberley DeFay says:

    The boards must be really heavy. How much to ship?
    Do you ever make your own cradled panels?

  • Westside Observer says:

    Can you demonstrate buffing as a finishing technique?

  • diane dutchick says:

    Hello Pam I learn so much from your videos. Thank you for sharing all this information.
    question: when you mount paper on panel, do you treat the surface to protect it in any way? Isn't there the possibility of the work tearing,etc.? Is there a varnish or spray medium that could coat the entire surface when finished?

  • AM Eck says:

    Why don t you need to water it first like in the other video..mixed media acrylics painting?

  • bonnie garson says:

    Thanks. Can do this with watercolor paper? I appreciate your sharing👍💕

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