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.
On Oct 5, 2011, at 7:03 AM, Frank Ippolito wrote:
> depends on the context, stephen. I would use substrate to describe
> the physical object when discussing it's properties and ground to
> describe it's use within the rendering process. ground would also be
> extended to any preparation to the paper such as laying down a
> middle value etc. I have not used - or heard used within my
> education - the term support. but there are gaps...
>> Hi folks
>> when speaking of paper in drawing, canvas in painting, etc.....
>> I tend to call the pencil, ink, etc as media, but what is the
>> word I am looking for the paper or canvas?
>> support? foundation? substrate?
>> there is a word I have used, but I swear my memory facilities are
>> fading.... need this for an article I am writing...
>> help would be appreciated what do you call the structure you
>> pour your art out on?
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