Hello all, I am trying to make paper mosaics and collages on wood paneling (mdf, masonite, or plywood) but, am not sure what the best process would be. I have been using regular acrylic paint on drawing paper and gluing onto paper board but, it does not have the professional look I want. This is what I have so far. Any input would be fantastic.
1) Using acrylic paints I color acrylic paper or drawing paper (It does warp but, since I make small pieces it is not on issue) to make the individual pieces.
2) Using Acrylic gel I adhere the individual pieces to paper board.
3) Using the acrylic gel I adhere each paper board panel to a larger panel of wood be it masonite, MDF, plywood.
4) Varnish the finished piece.
Now, since I am gluing paper to the wood board does it really matter what type of wood I use?
Also, can/should I apply an extra coat of gel on top of the finished piece (mosaic or collage) to make sure it stays adhered before varnishing or is the varnish enough.