On further thought about media meaning both the mark-making substance and the substrate, we did a bit of web research and found the term "support medium" used in some articles.
"Ground" would not be a good term in printmaking because in etching it refers to the coating "soft ground" or "hard ground' used to coat the plate and protect it against the acid, except where marks are made with the etching needle. I know it's a different branch of printmaking but it adds further potential confusion.
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context does seem to matter.... the sentence I am struggling with
roughly says "he used fabric instead of paper as a XXXXXX in this
Ground may have been the term that was flittering around the back of
my head, but I would relate that to something like gesso is to
canvas. The medium here would be ink and words like panel or support
seem too specific and board-like, Surface seems too general (I am
describing a technique)
I guess my tendency is to go with substrate as of now, but it does
seem a bit geological :^)
If anything comes to mind give a shout... my grammer proof reader
is a tough one...
At 09:47 AM 10/5/2011, you wrote:
>Interesting. I have never been able to come up with a satisfactory word
>that covers everything and usually call it the surface, or simply refer to
>whatever is being used...board (or hardboard) canvas, paper. I find a lot
>of the public use the term "canvas" generically, even with regard paper used
>for watercolour. Panel is also used a lot, for any hard surface, it seems.
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>'ground' may also be used when you're talking about a specific
>surface, such as gesso, that is applied to the bottom layer, or
>'support'. (Usually the word 'support' is used for something hard like
>a panel, though.)
>That's my recollection from my classes in medieval painting anyway.
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