Hi, Ken, I use a couple of coats of gesso on the BFK every time. I also use a profesional grade wallpaper paste (only kind that seems to work for me) to glue BFK onto birch panels mounted on stretchers, then work on that. The most important thing for me is that the support is hard, not flexible like canvas. Otherwise, I can't get good gel medium transfers to work very well. When I work on unmounted BFK I pin in it right to the studio wall and work standing up. The panels you are using sound really good!
I haven't tried that, but will investigate. It probably works just the same. The silicone sounds right anyway. I should say that even though the release paper is designed to not stick, sometime things do adhere to it. But if that happens, I just re-heat and then twist the release paper off and that usually works.
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