Cheers, Will. Have I completely ruined it? The first coat always needs to be diluted with a touch of water (sometimes people recommend adding a bit of acrylic medium to prevent cracking but the layer is so thin and soaks straight in, it would never crack). :). someday! This is before people had computers. Will I get the same easy to work and absorbent surface after I put the first layer of glaze in a gesso primed canvas? In resume I wanted to put as many layers as needed but just on some areas and have the layer (shadow or shade) go until the place I want I don’t want the layer to cover the entire canvas. I have some varnished with spray, some with painted-on acrylic varnish (W&N in both cases) which I would like to adjust or paint over – I can’t find any info on this anywhere. Hi Will, Just thought I had to comment on your excellent site. Many thanks. If you were to allow the bristle to dry on the surface of the painting it will be visible in the painting. It has been so helpful and resourceful. Hi Will, Explanations very clear. Slow drying [more than five days]: Quinacridones, Alizarin Crimson. Wooden boards or panels only need to have a ground, they don’t need a size layer. I recommend the small paint rollers (link to Amazon) because they use less paint and they’re easier to handle. Default. Hope this helps, I am painting with acrylic. The reverse of the canvas probably hasn’t been sized to protect it and you run the risk of not letting the air getting to the oil to dry it fully, as oil dries by oxidation. I know it can’t be watered down. I usually work on a coloured ground as it suits my painting style but it’s a personal choice depending on the final finish you’re after. Troubleshooting Your Priming Job. Just did not want you thinking my interest is flagging. Thank you so much for this help, I am almost 70 years young, and am only starting to learn to paint, I am so grateful to people like you, who have taken the time to pass on tips, I appreciate this more than i can express. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. Lisa, Hi Lisa, You don’t need to prepare the map at all you can just paint the acrylic straight on top. I have tried many method (ie. I like to apply at least two coats of gesso so that it covers the beige color of the canvas. Cheers, Will, How many oz of gesso do I need for 3 foot by5 foot surface. To hold the canvas in place most artist use an easel – either a tabletop easel or stand up easel. Sincerely, Mari. A few thin layers is better that one thick layer. Hi Elizabeth, yes you can use gesso on chipboard. Now the question is, by gesso both sides of the canvas, would I make the support too rigid and not allowing the canvas to flex and therefore prone to crack. Thank you in advance. Modern sizes such as archival PVA glue can be an easy to apply protection for the raw canvas surface before you apply the gesso. I have watched a few of your videos so far and will continue to do so, they are lovely and informative, I am glad I read the books I did, but seeing you wield the brush sure gives me a better feeling! would this work to seal the canvas ok. thanks. If you have mixed enough gesso to do two or more coats, it should be stored in an air tight container. is there any way I can use this on a pre primed oil? Remember to wear a mask so as not to inhale the airborne spores, and be sure to remove all the debris from the back and not to allow it to accumulate under the stretcher bars! I use the students palette of royal talens. I tried gessoing the first one and put 2 coats of white background colour over the gesso, but I found it difficult to totally erase any brush marks left by the gesso by sanding between the coats of gesso and the paint over the gesso didn’t really improve it. I need HELP! i know i need to prime it. Thank you sir, best of the holidays, and I may try to concoct some of those whiskey macs you mentioned! I have a question regarding brands of gesso. It provides you with a nice, slightly more absorbent surface to work on, especially if your working on board or raw canvas, but for a pre-primed canvas it’s unnecessary. Hi Alan, you can read the details on the Golden flow release here, you can use it on raw canvas or gesso primed, for the method you’ve described of layers ontop of existing paint a medium would be better suited. 3.) I have bought fabric canvas and acrylic gesso. I’ve found a decorators brush works best, try to buy a good quality one or you’ll spend your time picking out hairs! However, I still have a question. I want to try Golden acrylic paint but I’d like to keep on using my acrylic primer of another brand (also an artist quality product). Excess gel will ooze out at the edges so be ready to gently wipe it off with another piece of cloth. Mix gesso to a proper consistency. What can I do to repair my surface before I start painting on the canvas. Hi Will, I’m using acrylic paints in block form on bare canvas,I’ve noticed transparency in the colours,i.e,uneven brushstrokes and light breaking through from the back of the canvas. Just a quick question, can I prime MDF with white emulsion instead of gesso? Yes, that’s normal depending on the weave of the canvas for the gesso to soak through to the back of the canvas. How To Prime a Canvas Instructions: Step 1: First, ensure your surface is clean and free from dirt or oils. Must I re-prime my canvas with Gesso, if so, should I use oil gesso or acrylic? I am relatively new to painting and have just discovered this site. It certainly does help Will, thanks for the link too. If you keep on unpicking the staples from the stretched canvas every time it would also be very time consuming to do this every time you painted. I would actually like to do a self body painting on this canvas, any suggestions as to what I should do? Another question, could I mix something like sand or something into the gesso to give it texture? But even my first touch with the canvas left the behind almost blank. Conservation scientists recommend painters use neutral pH PVA size on linen and canvas instead of rabbit skin glue. A simpler and easier option is to use a paper that’s made for painting with acrylics. Online it says to use ‘gesso’ can I apply that to the back of the painting? Hello Mr. Kemp, I just received my very first piece of canvas and I am so excited to create an abstract. I ask because I saw some videos from Michael Lang on YouTube and he says he uses matte medium and he makes nice shading and it appears the paint soaks into canvas fast and nice layers after layers. And yes you still want to see some weave as this will drag the paint from the brush. Start with the longest side of the canvas closest to you … Is there any way I can fix these paintings or do they have to be framed behind glass to protect them? Some really good tips that I’m sure will help have come out of your site, so here goes. Hope this helps, Thanks for your swift and helpful reply. The thin paint will soak into the raw canvas which creates a matte surface. Especially if you are using acrylics which stay flexible once they have dried. It is more than likey that you have bought a canvas that is white. Maybe I should get over the fear to ruin canvasses. So you are against pre-primed fabric canvases? calcium carbonate/whiting = the pure powder calcium carbonat they sell and it’s applied in walls? Rabbit-skin glue and other known glues of the “Old Masters” era are hygroscopic, meaning they will always have the ability to absorb water. Although the GAC 400 will not quite achieve the stiffness of the rabbitskin glue, it does not remain water-soluble. I wouldn’t want to say it would ‘grab’ on 100% though and not continue peeling. I have down it before not have the tools yet. Hi Jilds, pleased you’ve been enjoying the site, yes I’d apply another coat of gesso to get a more even surface. I drew lines across both sides with pencil, conte crayon, markers, and acrylic paint. Hi Melena you can get a clear gesso that is a resin, then work with layers ontop of that. Paint the gesso onto your canvas with lots of “X X X” strokes, similar to what you would do when painting a wall at home to ensure you cover every groove and crevice. You only really need to prime your own canvas when you’re working with raw cotton duck. PVA provides a good size layer that seals the fabric but does not re-absorb atmospheric moisture, swell and shrink like rabbit skin glue does. Hi Alan, if you’re using oils you need to size the canvas, if you’re using acrylics you don’t. At my age this will be my final move, and although I will be painting in Southeast light instead of north, it will make no difference in the limited painterly knowledge I possess. Place a cut sheet of polyethylene plastic over the piece you are adhering to protect its surface, especially if it is delicate artwork. Most of the acrylic matte mediums will work as a way to prime a canvas. That’s why you’ve had the flaking. The best place to start is with a simple two colour painting, get used to holding the brush and making brushstrokes, and then you can introduce more colours as you progress. Pro tip: If you want the first layer of paint to dry quicker than it normally might, just add gesso. The gesso and paper situation is sounding like a lot of work before you’ve even started painting! lol Not saying I doubted your professional opinion, never. You can buy a gallon of student grade gesso on Amazon if you’re trying to save money. Yes, I am a big fan of working on a coloured ground and if you are pushed for time you can mix some paint into the gesso to tint it. Cheers, Will. Hi Patrick, I’m not sure about the suitability of the latex, it won’t give you a good ground surface to work onto. Thanks for the reply! Hi Will, I have stretched and put 2 coats of gesso on a rather large canvass ( 7.5 ‘ x 4.5’ ) I was planing on painting a thin black and white acrylic value underpainting and then switching to oils. Thanks. Hey Rod, great to hear from you! What I have is linen preprimed 4 times and sealed. I’m just glad I stumbled upon you, since I don’t want to disappoint these kids nor myself by turning a true learning experience ( for both parties! ) Stretch the longest sides of the canvas first. A wide, soft-bristle primer brush; A very small amount of patience! My problem is the toothiness of the canvas is showing through from the watered down acrylic. Many thanks from a Silver surfer. Make sure to clean up any drips along the edges but don’t worry about really covering the edges. Hi Alexis, the ‘size’ is used for protecting the surface of a canvas support and sealing the fabric. But it’s very easy to re-tension a photo canvas. What i cannot do is purchase giant amounts of quality artist acrylic paint because that would be out of control for cost. Sometime I surf on your site for tips and trick, is a amazing island of wonder! Apply the gesso with a good stiff bristle brush a 2 inch brush from any hardware store will do. I have no problem paying for that type of tutoring when someone has done such an amazing job of providing value through their free material. For increasing working time you can add a retarder to the acrylics or use a medium, I like the acryic glazing liquid gloss from Golden paints. Are there another alternatives to that? Thanks for help. It is to be a gift to my Father. You can apply the gesso directly to the canvas. I live in Asia where it is humid. Laurie, Hi Laurie, lovely to hear from you and so pleased you’ve been finding the lessons helpful. And how each step will affect the painting. Thanks for this sum-up. Do I still need to use gesso on the canvas? Denis, Hi Denis, you can use Zinc white, which is a transparent white, this will give a lovely hazy effect. House painting brushes can be used for applying gesso. You can spray fix charcoal but it will alter the aesthetic of the surface. being 86 and not able to do much golfing or what ever i decided to take up painting to help pass a lot of my spare time..and so glad i did..i was born and lived in the small town of Castine, Maine for most of my young life so what i paint mostly is pictures of the old homes and sea and boat pictures which i have been able to sell in that town..But i was never really pleased with my paintings until i read in your paper about the use of Gessel to prime the canvas..and what a difference it made..i can even now use dry pastels on canvas as well as Acrylics…Then i seal my paintings with clear acrylic sealer….Thanks for the help and hope others will follow your advice….gene. The destination panel or surface should simultaneously be prepared. However, as you mentioned, if it’s a raw canvas that you haven’t started painting yet I would either restretch the stretcher bars with a fresh mould free canvas as the application of the bleach solution could damage the canvas fibres more than the cost implications of new canvas. Hope this helps. On the other side acrylic gesso is drying my oil colours!! Nice to hear from you and thanks so much for your lovely comments, much appreciated. The one thing I would adjust in his statement about traditional gesso being used for oil paint is not to apply medium or varnish to make it less absorbent for oil – once you’ve sanded it apply a couple of coats of Rabbit Skin Glue to seal the surface. And with the gesso, I am just forcing it down into the canvas, so I am getting right down into the grain of the canvas. If the canvas is white, it has gesso painted onto it. As the canvas begins to tighten, it smooths out any small wrinkles in the canvas. Thank you and please keep doing what you are doing for this online art school. It contains an in depth explanation of the variables that will alter the drying times.eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'drawandpaintforfun_com-leader-3','ezslot_18',112,'0','0'])); Generally speaking, gesso will dry to the touch within 10-20 minutes. Tips: Loose Canvas. With acrylics you can paint onto practically any surface without priming or sizing as there is nothing in the paint that will damage the surface you are working on. I provide a brief definition of tooth in my art terms post. Cheers, Will. Do not apply a lot of pressure. There is a certain preciousness about stretched canvas. However, neither rabbitskin glue nor GAC 400 is completely effective against oil penetration, and the use of GAC 100 over GAC 400 is recommended for oil painters. In the context of this article, “unstretched” canvas does not mean raw canvas, but, canvas that has been pre-primed with gesso. Schmincke make a Watercolour Fixative but again it will slightly alter the watercolours appearance, so i’d try on a test piece first. Hi Will, Hope you’re well. Unless you buy canvas on a roll, it will more than likely have a few wrinkles in it. The paper may curl slightly when you paint the first layer, but it won’t buckle. Hi Andrea, pleased you found it helpful, you can try with a roller but personally, I’ve found I get a smoother result with a brush. I still plan on working on them some more, but I am afraid that they may crack with more coats of paint. What a great tool to have in the studio! Good idea? I did sand it down before I applied the gesso. Sep 21, 2017 at 7:24 am. I love your art program. Hey! One of them I have already painted on. I’ve been using a “clear” acrylic gesso because I love the color and texture that the bark brings to the paintings. Yes I do, for acrylics, I apply an isolation coat (to separate the paint surface from the varnish layer) and then a coat of removable varnish. Thanks for the lovely opportunity to talk to a professsional artist and get advice. The basic principle is that a porous primed support will enable the paint to dry quicker as the water content of the paint is drawn into the support itself. Cheers, Will. Any thoughts on this? Hi Pam, pleased you’ve been enjoying the site, Yes, you would always apply a size to a raw canvas first before applying a gesso. Thanks. You sound like your ready to take the leap into canvas now. The thicker heavy body acrylics tend to resist being mixed into fluid mixtures and you may end up with lumps of pure color in your gesso. Apply 2 coats in any direction. Hi Will. You can use it on canvas, paper, and wood. It should dry flat as the paper dries. You may have to stretch the paper first to prevent it from buckling. The bristles also have a tendency to splay and become misshapen. The acrylics won’t adhere very well to the oil surface and will prevent the oil paint underneath from drying correctly. My question is I don’t know the difference, I buy my canvas on Amazon (8×10), and I wondering if you could tell me if I need to apply gesso. Pro tip: Golden paints make a hard gesso that can be useful if you are working on a board. This is such a terrible drain of time! It’s an aboriginal style painting if that helps. Don’t get it too thick. Thanks, love your site and articles. I checked the painting last night and it is still as tight as the day I painted it. In the context of this article, “unstretched” canvas does not mean raw canvas, but, canvas that has been pre-primed with gesso. It’s okay if the front side has already been painted (just make sure THAT side is dry!) Please let me know the details to prepare my canvas and the materials I should choose. Since then I have made non stop trips to a real are suply store and have pretty much bought everything I’ve seen in your videos. This would be most noticeable if you are painting with oils because you’d have different ‘sunk in’ areas where the oil has been absorbed into the gesso. Would gesso be necessary before painting with the acrylics or could I just start painting? Hello Will, I am very happy I have run onto your site. I usually prepare canvases a day before I plan to paint on them. Apply the gesso with a good stiff bristle brush a 2 inch brush from any hardware store will do. Is there any preference on paint and brushes for the first timer? The best approach to tighten a canvas is to shrink it. If you prefer the transparency of rabbit skin glue, you can use acrylic matte medium as an alternative. This site is also an affiliate of Blick Art Materials which means if you click on a link to Blick and make a purchase, I earn a commission at no cost to you. Work from the top to the bottom of the canvas, in parallel strokes from one edge to the other. As the canvas begins to tighten, it smooths out any small wrinkles in the canvas. Can I go ahead and paint on to this surface or should I wat longer/ Thank you, Hi Sandy, I would always wait for the gesso to be dry before painting ontop of. I just stretched and primed my very first canvas, but I didn’t dilute the gesso with water at the start -as per your instructions. Hi Katya, yes you can apply a clear gesso to your fabric, but I would recommend artist canvas so you can pull it tight on a stretcher bar to give you a taught surface to paint on top of. The gesso primer layer can soak up the oil from within the paint and leave a ‘dead’ flat underpainting that won’t have any sheen to it. Will multiple coats of gesso work? How do you pronounce gesso? If you find any, you’ll want to fill them in with gesso. I’ve just started to paint with acrylics after using watercolour and I’m so glad I came across your site, it’s so informative. HI Will This is all very helpful information thank you Will. Usually when I paint I staple the canvas to the stretcher, use some hide glue to tighten it and then prime with a couple of layers of gesso and then sand. The student quality will have a lower quantity of pigment and more filler. Can I put gesso over and then continue with acrylic? Do you happen to know if I can gesso on top of this primer, or if I need to gesso on it at all. Imagine the difference between painting onto glass and painting onto blotting paper. Yes for 90% of your paintings especially if your just beginning ‘acrylic gesso‘ will be fine if the raw canvas has been properly sized, thus protecting the canvas from the corrosive nature of oil. Thank you. Using the coloured ground is really helpful with kids because they always leave white canvas when they paint. I am a photographer, and am wanting to create some painted canvas backdrops. There is a product called T-KROM, a transparent latex adhesive for sealing paper, wood, tiles etc. Cheers, Will. As a general rule of thumb coverage is about 100ml per metre squared. If you were to start painting directly in acrylics before the paint is thoroughly dry, you may pick up some of the white and lighten your color mix. If I do prime my stretched canvas with gesso is it even necessary to first coat with glue sizing? Cheers, Will. I have yet to notice any discoloration when I apply thin layers of clear acrylic medium to a canvas. I have applied generous amounts of paint and it still seemed so grainy. Hope this helps, Cheers Will Will, Hi Will. Welcome to Draw and Paint for Fun! I’m wondering if our climate or her painting methods might have influenced the situation. You might find this article helpful on art restoration and canvas. She wants to cut it up and make her own painting What does she need to do to prepare it for painting? This would give you a very smooth surface. Is there any way I can fix these paintings or do they have to be framed behind glass to protect them? I have a bit of a predicament, and I’m wondering if you could help me out. Using a 3-inch decorators brush, apply the gesso directly to the stretched canvas in even strokes. With the cheaper ranges manufacturers often use a seal on top which creates a resistant surface which is not as enjoyable to paint on. p.s if you’re after a very absorbent surface you might be interested in trying the absorbent ground medium from Golden Paints, which is designed for more staining watercolour type effects. Gessoing a canvas or priming a board is an easy task to do yourself, and you wind up with your ideal painting surface with just a minimum of effort! It’s pronounced with a soft “g” as in the word “giant.” Many beginners mistakenly pronounce it with a hard “g” as in “guess-oh.”. Could I use something to make PVA glue archival? Especially if you are using watered down paint or student quality paints. If you are collaging and gluing onto the surface of an older painting you still be able to get a solid attachment. I used Gesso fabrics based on preliminary sanding but sometimes becomes very absorbent surface even for oils, This causes them to dry quickly making it difficult to work. GAC400 must be applied to raw canvas and will stiffen the fibres first, before then applying GAC100 which is a Multi-Purpose Acrylic Polymer sealer. Would appreciate any advice you may have. Thanks! The best way to find out if it gives the results you’re after is to use lots of small postcard sized samples, they don’t have to be stretched up, and then experiment with different ratios to find the right look you’re after. Acrylic matte medium dries clear so it will allow the beige color of the canvas to show through. Work from the top to the bottom of the canvas, in parallel strokes from one edge to the other. This action is not only to brighten the underside surface but it also tighten up the canvas and I like it. I want to paint both oil and acrylic, but doing acrylic for now.but the paint dries quickly and gets sticky. The backdrops would be rolled up when not in use. I’ve actually just started a Bach of Fine Art this week and am LOVING it. When painting on paper with acrylics do you use a primer? Maybe experiment with a bit more Oil in your medium. All good. Then I’ve used golden absorbent ground on primed canvas, and the paint don’t soak; but when I try to add new layer of color (still wet), the underlying color slips away while brush… Could you suggest me anything? I was looking for a large painting for above my bed, I wanted a mountain forest with water and a moose. An old pair of tweezers can can be handy for picking out any rough brush hairs. I get what’s involved for stretching and I more interested in the – Do I have to stretch – can I paint and roll up and stretch at the end – those questions above. Thanks! For my next piece, would gesso prevent this issue? I am painting in acrylics. Since it is an acrylic polymer, it is not hygroscopic. Hi Linda, it will create a more interesting texture, which can add interest if you’re painting quite painterly. This paper is heavyweight and it has a sizing on it which prevents the water from soaking into it. I will do what you propose with gesso and I think using a coloured ground is a good idea . Stretching paper is an in depth process which I’ll only cover briefly here. Anyway I used it with a pallet knife and put it on planter pots- not the plastic kind. Hi Robert, You’re welcome. I’m truly showing what a beginner I am! My last question is, when you are applying gesso, does it matter what brush you use, or can you just use any brush? Jeni. Cheers, Will. Thanks, It’s best used for the initial staining layer onto canvas, for multiple layers ontop of already painted acrylics a medium would be a better choice. Rabbit skin glue is used in a traditional glue gesso. Copyright © 2012-2021 Will Kemp Art School | All rights reserved |. Apply a coat of Soft Gel (Gloss) to seal the absorbency of the destination surface. To get a more absorbent surface I would have to use gesso or acrylic gesso? Here’s some common problems that can arise when using a brush to apply gesso to a canvas. My questions are: 1. 3. It depends on the opacity of the paint and the intensity of colour you’re after. Apply a light, warm water mist, along the back of the unpainted canvas. I sanded the surface before I began painting with oils. I have 2 canvas backgrounded with oil paint. The size of my work will be 36inchesX30inches. I haven’t personally used the Blick artist quality paints but have heard good things about many of their own brand products such as the Blick Studio pencils. Below is the process from the Golden Acrylic website: What follows is the basic process for “gluing” paper or canvas to a panel: First prepare the back of the printed element, paper, canvas or other compatible flat collage element, with one or two thin coats of Soft Gel (Gloss). In your experience do you think it will crack over time? I have made a few of my own stretchers which I have painted on and I am now wondering how to finish off the edges on the back. Now. If you want a more absorbent surface, add another layer. Place some plastic wrap over the top of your container and then place the lid on tightly. 2) The size of these paintings is clearly quite large so I was hoping to gesso, roll away (hide from kids and dog), paint a bit, roll away, paint more, roll away, etc till I finished. Please! 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