The most common question I'm asked is why I use the collaged paper. Acrylics can be thinned to watercolor consistency using water or various glazing mediums. The gessoed surface of a canvas is not the best arena for such fluid mediums so I had first tried working directly on paper. I wanted a stiffer surface that would resist warping so I started collaging newsprint onto canvas. After whitewashing with gesso and sanding, the surface has a nice tooth and behaves like watercolor paper. The lightest washes of color can be used to the heaviest brush strokes. In some places the newsprint is legible adding a depth and interest to the image, sometimes the words play an intricate role in the painting's meaning.