Tips for canvas paintings
Canvas is a very sturdy woven material used not only by artists as a painting surface stretched across a wooden frame but also for a variety of things such as sails, backpacks, marquees, etc. There are pre-stretched canvases easily available within the market or we could stretch our own canvas. Canvas painting isn’t a simple task, if truth be told painting itself isn’t a simple task. There are certain steps to be followed to excel in it
The first step in canvas painting is to pick our canvas whether it’s a pre-stretched canvas or a stretch our own canvas and prime it with gesso to make our canvas archival. This makes certain that our paint doesn’t come into direct contact with the fibres and eventually decay it. Gesso priming additionally helps use less paint and protects our brushes.
The next step is to create our canvas mood perfect i.e. to adapt our canvas according to our painting. Usually, the brilliant white of the canvas would not be required for a dull painting in such instance applying an off-white or any dull colour all over the canvas helps us in setting the proper mood.
The third step is to line up your workspace. A comfortable workspace is a must for a fine-looking painting. And for that, we need to get our supplies such as our brushes, easel if required, boards, knives if required and the most significant factor our paints together.
Selecting the suitable kind of paints is extremely essential whether it’s watercolour, acrylic, oil, mixed media or maybe charcoal. Choosing the suitable brush is also as vital as choosing the appropriate paints. The type of painting is what determines the type of brush we will need.
Oil paints although tough to work with have a bonus. They appear the same after drying out as when they were applied. However, that’s not the case with acrylic. Adjusting our colour mixes is important to make sure our final look is strictly what we would want it to be. Therefore, this is the next vital step.
Another step to be kept in mind before our brushes touch our canvas is the usage of a proper medium which again depends on our kind of painting. A medium makes it simple for us to play with our paints.
The last step when painting is to keep our canvas in the right place to make sure that nothing spoils it. Some paintings might take nearly a week to dry. During this time, we need to make sure that nothing comes in contact with our canvas as the tiniest touch can also leave a huge mark on it.
If we keep these points in mind while working on our painting, then there will be nothing stopping us from creating a mastermind.