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Tips for Painting on Canvas

1. Get Your Canvas Ready

First of all, you should go for a pre-stretched canvas or just stretch the one you already have. Your next step is to prime it. Oftentimes, you can use gesso for this purpose. This is available in a lot of types and can be used with oil paint, tempera, or acrylic, just to name a few.

Gesso protects the canvas fibers and improves the painting surface. As a result, you will have to use less amount of paint for the work you want to do. Using the oil sparingly will save you a good deal of money.

2. Set The Mood

Aside from gesso, another great option is to apply a certain tone to the canvas for setting a mood. For example, a sharp white canvas may not be the right choice for a stormy painting. On the other hand, a simple coat of bluish-gray may offer a moody surface for your desired look, which is what you want.

3. Canvas And Supplies

You should decide on the workplace first. The canvas can be upright or it can be placed on a flat surface near your palette. All you have to do is make your work a lot easier by making the right choice. You may want to get you painting supplies ready. The things you will need include water, palette knives, and paint brushes, just to name a few.

4. Choose The Right Brushes

Some brushes work better for canvas painting. For example, you can’t use water color brushes on hard canvas surfaces. These brushes are too soft and can’t be used on rocks and other hard surfaces. Generally, oil paint brushes or acrylic brushes are a better choice. They come with stiffer bristles and longer handles.

5. Try AN Underpainting

Typically, canvas is used for non-transparent paints. However, they also offer a great opportunity for you to try an underpainting. As a matter of fact, this allows you to create an outline that can add an impressive dept to the art piece. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you try an underpainting as well.

6. Adjust Colors

Usually, oil paints look the same when dry, but acrylic paints look slightly different as soon as they dry out. All you have to do is adjust the colors properly so that the end product is not different. For this, we suggest that you paint a small area of the canvas and let it try to see the results.