I have heard to get great coverage, I can do up to 7/8 layers (mostly for texture in the backdrop? Hello. Emily. The acrylic paint will dry at a normal rate once you build up a layer or two of acrylic paint. Cheers, Will. Alternatively, use a fine, tight weave canvas, apply the Gesso first and then draw onto the canvas. Michele. Hi Will Thanks for all the tips! This is because it absorbs moisture from the air and this causes it to expand and contract. Hope this helps. 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. Cheers, Will. How to easily tighten a canvas for painting let me show you Canvas Tip Save Money Acrylic Painting clive5artBecome a patron and get some awesome rewards. I am painting in acrylics. on cotton About my website I am just working on it Not ready I do have a link to the place I take classes at Hope it works for you Please give me an answer if you can Thank you. The beige of the canvas will alter the appearance of transparent colors.eval(ez_write_tag([[336,280],'drawandpaintforfun_com-large-mobile-banner-2','ezslot_16',114,'0','0'])); Acrylics will dry much faster on raw canvas because it’s so absorbent. Tightening an already stretched canvas is easy: I use a mister or a spray bottle with plain water (cold or hot). Thinner layers are better and won’t crack. I checked the painting last night and it is still as tight as the day I painted it. Repositioning the canvas after the gesso has dried can reveal the crease where it folds over the side. Here is what I did with this super cheap gesso for my student and it will work for any brand of gesso. Hi Patrick, liquid white is a thinned oil paint, it is not used with Acrylic paint. Hi Will, Firstly I would like to say thank you for all the information and tutorials you put out there for us. The gesso and paper situation is sounding like a lot of work before you’ve even started painting! Will. Then brush the primer onto the canvas horizontally, from left to right and back again. Since wood is a natural material, it can warp and the canvas can loosen. So if I get a a tripped primed canvas I do not need to gesso right? Apply the gesso with a good stiff bristle brush a 2 inch brush from any hardware store will do. Varnish is a good way to bring the colors back, but I wanted a more accurate and faster way of getting the saturation that I needed. Hi Lily, you apply the gesso before you do your sketching. Gesso won’t help with the drying times of acrylic, for keeping paints wet on the palette try a stay-wet palette. If you are using varnishes when you finish your paintings? I have a couple of questions for you regarding gessoing and painting my ground. The most common support used by painters, canvas, does not refer to one particular material, but can be used to describe many kinds of closely woven fabric. No need to over-saturate the canvas… Technically you don’t. Do I need to put a medium in my waters like you have suggested in your website? I have been working (the mode/style o making art) in drawing mediums specially with pens, charcoals and watercolors. Touch the surface of the canvas, If the gesso has lift, it is not dry. Here’s a question: Is it advisable to “size” a stretched raw cotton canvas before applying the gesso? Work from the top to the bottom of the canvas, in parallel strokes from one edge to the other. A small paint roller tray from the hardware store may be helpful. ps. Audrey. I figured once I looked at a painting and said to myself, “I wish I would have put that on canvas!”, I would be ready for canvas. I was wrong. Hi Will, I found your website when I was finding out how to apply gesso on a canvas and more, I have a few questions. Acrylic gesso does not require a size. Once the paper is dry, you can apply a couple of coats of gesso. One way to determine if you’ve been applying enough gesso to your canvases is to examine the backs of your old oil paintings. You won’t have as much time for blending or manipulating the paint. Do i need to apply anymore layers of ACRYLIC GESSO if painting in OILS or am i good to go ?? What can be handy to do is make small postcard sized sketches using different coloured grounds to see which colour you prefer before starting on the larger piece. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The means that your actual colored paint will sit on top of the canvas rather than soak in and look muted. Cheers, Will. 3.) Thanks for your lovely comments, so pleased you’ve been finding the articles helpful. Yes, sometimes the first layers of gesso will drip through if it is a loose weave on the canvas, you can then just apply another coat on top. If you have mixed enough gesso to do two or more coats, it should be stored in an air tight container. HOW TO TIGHTEN STRETCHED CANVAS {The SHRINKING Way} 1. I usually use Golden brand gesso and they have a couple of options you might find helpful. Any thoughts? Cheers, Will. Have you any idea what could be causing this? Allow to dry, then apply a second coat. The clear gesso seems to work well for drawing.I think. (My dad worked with various mediums.) Cheers, Will. Thankyou for such a treat of a website with all these wonderful tutorials ! Hi Will, I need to glue paper onto a canvas, and then paint with on it. I’m good, I’ve been really busy on a new collection of paintings and planning a new series on colour mixing. Dear Will Kemp, I have just been told that sanding my canvas after painting it with white gesso creates a serious problem. Thanks for this sum-up. Inspect the final layer of gesso for pinholes that will allow the oils to penetrate through to the canvas. Conservation scientists recommend painters use neutral pH PVA size on linen and canvas instead of rabbit skin glue. I am a beginning artist… I need some advice. A store bought gesso lowest price starts at $9.97, and canvas at $4.50. I’d still appreciate your reply though! Grazie! Would you suggest a recipe I could use? Do you think this could work, if I go horizontal one layer, vertical the other, and use light pressure to create the brushstrokes/ridges necessary to achieve texture? Thanking you in advance for your advice. Muy claras las explicadiones. When it comes to painting in oil or acrylics, there isn’t much of an advantage to making your own. The bottle is always tightly closed after use. The canvases were already prepared by the manufacturer, I assumed it would not get mold. Guess I need some stretching bars etc? Will let you know how I get on. Painting on a pure white ground has the advantage of making the transparent colors appear brighter and more saturated than on the beige canvas. in a slap dash paint by number. I was kinda hoping to just do the painting and then pay someone to stretch, mount or frame etc. 3. Hi Alan, if you’re using oils you need to size the canvas, if you’re using acrylics you don’t. Raise a glass to the teacher! I would apply a tonal ground for an oil primed canvas using quick-drying oils or quick-drying white mixed with an earth colour rather than acrylics. Or can I just lay it down and paint away? 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. Gesso provides a surface that’s easier to draw on. I primarily use golden gesso which can be diluted with water and they recommend not going over 25% water. The paint will stay wetter ontop of the canvas The paint can ‘pool’ is the surface doesn’t absorb as much of the paint liquid. What are some good kinds for wood? These are thin wedge-shaped pieces of wood or plastic, like shims, that when placed in the corner slots of the stretchers, will tighten and bolster the frame itself, therefore, tightening the canvas stretched on it. Hope you find the tutorials helpful. It always comes in packs and is extremely well priced when it comes to per-unit cost. Especially the gesso paper pads. And which color shall i use? If inhaled over a long period of time is a carcinogen. The two most common canvases used as a support for oil painting are cotton and linen, with linen being the more expensive. However, if you prefer adding the maximum amount of water, it’s best to use a measuring cup or graduated beaker. Money is also an issue . You may have to stretch the paper first to prevent it from buckling. Hope this helps, Thanks for your swift and helpful reply. If so, I wouldn’t need a background colour, am I right? What is the reason for this? 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. For example imagine a cube with darker areas at bottom. No, as it’s a ‘pre-primed’ canvas it has already been primed with gesso. Label it “Not for food” or something similar. Thank you so much! Gesso prepares (or "primes") the surface for painting, making the surface slightly textured and ready to accept acrylic paint. You can sand gesso between coats to create a lovely smooth finish, especially handy for photo-realistic paintings, just sand each layer with a fine sandpaper. I would try a test piece with no gesso, one coat of clear gesso and two coats of clear gesso and then see which surface quality you prefer for your pieces. Hi Rebekka, you can paint oil paint ontop of acrylics, but not acrylic paint over oil. I will be starting a larger canvas than I normally work on– 24″ x 48″. (use water and only if necessary) Roll gesso on evenly, while flat on a table. have painted for a little while but never really understood the surface prep for oil painting. However I'm doing some painting abroad (Germany) and I want to be able to bring the work I do back home to Ireland. It has a texture that’s similar to cold press watercolor paper. I have a frame for stretching and priming the canvases. I read of someone who seals her charcoal lines by applying acrylic medium over the top, but I have found that a bit risky on my still-soluble surfaces! Hi Pauline, pleased you’ve been enjoying the lessons, I don’t have a homemade gesso recipe as I tend to use ready-made, you can make your own with a mix of Titanium white and plaster of Paris (or Calcium Carbonate which is also known as Whiting. Is there anything I can do to remove this? Hi Patricia, when you say ‘pre-printed’? hi,i just found out your very informative site,and thanks a lot for helping us out here,duly appreciated your help.i would like to know could i prime my 48′ x 60′ pre-primed canvas with a normal wall paint roller?or must i get any special kind of roller?this is a very big canvas,i intended to paint a geometrical abstract color painting,4 colors using diluted yellow as background color.the reason i want to use roller to prime my canvas is i think it should be faster and without the brush stroke with using a brush.i am new to acrylic painting.hope you could help me out here.thanks! calcium carbonate/whiting = the pure powder calcium carbonat they sell and it’s applied in walls? Hi JJ, Due to gesso having a flexible consistency it will be fine if you roll the murual after you have finished painting it. It’s possible but not really advisable because of the adherence of the paint to the varnish layer and the fact that if you ever wanted to clean and replace the varnish in the future it would be extremely tricky because of the paint layer on top of the varnish layer. Hi Brandy, what sealer and/or gesso are you using? The problem is that am not sucessful with either water colors or acrylic paints, as soon as i have brush in hand, am not able to create a painting…i have bought pre-primed canvas Titanium Fine Art trade mark canvas and want to pursue and pidilitte paints…please can you guide. It would only need a short time on the canvas before wiping off the mould. Good luck. They have stiff bristles that will make it easier to work the gesso into the texture of a canvas.eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'drawandpaintforfun_com-leader-1','ezslot_13',111,'0','0'])); Look for a brush that doesn’t shed bristles. Hello! It´s taking ages to dry. I would hesitate to recommend it for the markers though because I suspect the rougher texture would cause the nibs would wear down faster than usual.eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'drawandpaintforfun_com-large-mobile-banner-1','ezslot_15',116,'0','0'])); The beige color of the canvas provides a pleasing color to work on. I have a question regarding brands of gesso. would you mind providing a detailed article on mediums/retarders and varnishing too. Thank you. Will, I can not draw a convincing stick figure! Tips: Loose Canvas. This would give you a very smooth surface. The mountains are a bit grayish, blue waters and lots of green trees. 2. Gesso is usually white or off-white and is used after you have sealed the raw canvas with a coat of size (see: the Trouble with Oil), It creates a surface that is both absorbent (particularly useful for ‘dead’ colouring with oils) and has a ‘tooth’ (texture) that allows paint to grab onto the surface…. Thank you in advance. Does that apply to oil painting or just acrylic? I like to apply at least two coats of gesso so that it covers the beige color of the canvas. Lisa, Hi Lisa, You don’t need to prepare the map at all you can just paint the acrylic straight on top. The foam roller leaves less texture on the canvas than the regular roller covers that you use for painting walls. Thanks!! Using a clean, wide brush or roller apply the gesso directly to the stretched canvas in even strokes. Hi Will, I am working on an acrylic landscape with two foreground mountains to the sides, one midground, and another background. 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. Hi Will, I am copying a Japanese Woodblock of a Geisha using acrylic paints. For optimal evenness, use a cross-hatching pattern. Could I use clear gesso on top of it? The gesso that you find in art supply stores is made from an acrylic polymer, white pigment, and calcium carbonate. After your response I googled all kinds of gesso and there are a lot! Gesso can be used on wood panels as well. Will a light wash give it a lighter, hazy look or will it smear the work? Cheers, Will. It is acrylic-titanium priming suitable for oil and acrylic painting with the canvas permanency protected with acid-free sizing. Is the Titanium safe if left contained in the paint and not sanded? Will I get the same easy to work and absorbent surface after I put the first layer of glaze in a gesso primed canvas? Hi Donald, The glass painting sounds really interesting, I’m glad you’ve found some useful info on my website. You can use this effect to create a stain painting that has effects that are similar to watercolor painting. Good luck with your move, Speak soon. Thinning gesso with water will make the layer more smooth. Cheers, Will, Hi, i have a few questions. Then you want to staple the paper to the board before the paper dries. It’s an aboriginal style painting if that helps. i dont know which is better….plz help me in this….plz. Thanks for the kind comments and really pleased to hear the articles can help with planning your painting classes with the kids. It’s possible to pick out the bristle after the gesso dries but it will leave a mark. Must I re-prime my canvas with Gesso, if so, should I use oil gesso or acrylic? 0. For example, when the air becomes dry and sinks below 30% RH, the hide glue will contract with considerable force, while above 70% RH, the hide glue will soften and lose strength, and by 80% will quite literally become gelatinous and fail completely. Is there something I can do to make the canvas acceptable for oil. I know it can’t be watered down. Sooo…I painted the entire thing over with a layer of black acrylic and let that dry overnight. I want the effect to be flat and smooth on the canvas. 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. as this will rapidly increase drying time. I have been spending my time learning and trying different techniques, and gradually building an arsenal of supplies/tools. Should I be unable to see any light through the back of the painting? Conservation scientists caution painters that rabbit skin glue absorbs atmospheric moisture on damp days and swells, gives off moisture on dry days and shrinks. For more information, see my post on How to Gesso a Canvas. The brush should be perpendicular to the canvas, barely reaching it. It sounds like the painting was an oil painting. No, you leave the back side of the canvas ‘raw’. The best approach to tighten a canvas is to shrink it. 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! The last step is easy! It sounds like you’ll be able to just start painting, as depending on the weave of the canvas you can often hold it up to the light and still be able to see the weave even when it’s ready to paint. Thank you very very much for taking the time to produce such an incredibly helpful website. Hi Dennis, usually the pre-primed canvas with say ‘suitable for oil and acrylic’ and if it is double primed yes you’re good to go! 3.) I just found your website and will subscribe to it. In a large scale project like this, i will definitely need lots of paint and a finished project with no shine or light reflection. Is there anything I can do at this point to remedy it? Wow. If you are collaging and gluing onto the surface of an older painting you still be able to get a solid attachment. I JUST (2 days ago) decided I wanted to paint. I applied my first coat of gesso on 12oz cotton canvas. It dries to a matte surface and it helps to create a bond between the paint and the substrate. Then I would gesso the front while the back is still wet. Could I use calcium sulfate instead of calcium carbonate? would this work to seal the canvas ok. thanks. I can send a photo of the painting if that would be helpful. After priming (acrylic gesso) on canvas then adding a coat of acrylic binder, is this stable enough for Oil Painting, as the binder leaves a gloss surface that doesn’t absorb the colour (chroma) like Gesso, Thanks. Hi! Currently when I do that the paint continues to go further and don’t stop the point I want. Apply one or two coats directly into the raw canvas, coating both front and back for maximum stiffness. Thanks for the reply! Do you recommend to sand the surface of the last gesso layer? The material of the gesso ; The gesso is the substance with which the priming process is done. Apply 2 coats in any direction. 1. Question: This is due to the quality of Gesso or another reason? Hi Jo, That is a lot 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. Hey! With rigid supports such as wood panels, the chance of swelling is much lower, and this glue size is more appropriate. Pregunto: Esto se debe a la calidad del Gesso o a otra razón? Im very new of this painting things. Additionally, you can use a Michael’s or Hobby Lobby half price coupon to buy the 140 lbs watercolor pad with 30 sheets for 4 dollars- each sheet at .13 cents. Do i need to prepare the canvas beforehand or apply more coats? Need help. A surface with more tooth will readily accept a mark made by pencil than a smooth unprepared surface. For on your painting you can add a touch of acrylic retarder, which helps to stop the paints dry quite so quickly. Apply a final coat using the pure, undiluted gesso. There’s gummed paper tape that you can use in place of the staples, but sometimes the adhesive gives out as the paper shrinks. Traditionally, a hide glue (typically rabbit-skin) was applied directly to canvas or linen to stiffen the fabric and protect the support from the acidic oils. Hi Kenneth, that will still be fine the canvas won’t be ruined, you can still paint ontop. I live in Asia where it is humid. So I bought a roll of 2.5m x10m raw cotton canvas. You can also try working on board which will be much less absorbent than canvas. My last question is, when you are applying gesso, does it matter what brush you use, or can you just use any brush? There’s also clear gesso which I discuss in the section about alternatives to gesso. If I do prime my stretched canvas with gesso is it even necessary to first coat with glue sizing? Once you add gesso to the canvas where it folds over the edges of the stretcher bars, the creases become permanent. I am putting 2 coats of gesso on each side to combat rippling. The Blick brand gesso’s would be fine, I’ve found the Golden brand Titanium white has a really good opacity so is worth the investment, but many artist quality brands have a good feel to them. It just sounds like there wasn’t enough layers of gesso painted onto the canvas and this is why you can see the T, tightening the back by dampening it won’t help with the see-through nature of the canvas, but you could apply a coat of gesso to the back to create a more opaque canvas finish. Freedom. At the moment I work on illustration board, so it has a hard and smooth surface which allows me to erase the paint away for textures, highlights etc.. Will this same erasing technique work on gesso? Schmincke make a Watercolour Fixative but again it will slightly alter the watercolours appearance, so i’d try on a test piece first. Just did not want you thinking my interest is flagging. Nice to hear from you, so pleased you’ve been enjoying the lessons, the transition from drawing to painting can at first seem a bit tricky as the skills you have with a pencil can at first seem alien to painting. Have you ever tried or seen detailed charcoal drawings done over a gesso coated canvas/board? 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. Here is Golden’s post on how to prevent SID. If gesso is left bumpy or textured, does this creat a more interesting painting? Real gesso is like a plaster and is ideal on wood panels. Are there another alternatives to that? So applying a coat of gesso to canvas will make it easier to draw on. For very fine work you could also try using the Golden drawing ground, it’s designed for silverpoint but also works well with graphite and charcoal. Gesso also provides the key (surface) for the paint to stick to and affects the absorbency of the support. To add absorbency to your acrylic gesso you would add in more chalk (calcium carbonate – sometimes called whiting) to the gesso. I am starting out large scale acrylic painting. Not many people do have the time to prepare canvas from scratch and I always recommend my students use pre-primed canvas’s, of a decent quality. What do u think of using acrylic wall sealer as gesso? You can paint over an acrylic gesso with oil, but can’t paint over an oil gesso with acrylics. Thank you in advance. I want to tone the canvas but use one layer of acrylic. Thanks. Cheers, Will, Hello Will, I find your website very interesting. Gesso, pronounced ‘jesso‘, was traditionally used to prepare or prime a surface so Oil paint would adhere to it. However, I am interested in what you think about making your own compared to buying. In this post, I answer all of the common questions that you may have about it. Canvas tends to repel water which makes it difficult to coat it with anything that’s water-based. I need HELP! When applying the gesso turn the canvas 90 degrees between coats to ensure an even coverage. Thin acrylic paint will bead up on canvas unless you wash it first. House painting brushes can be used for applying gesso. 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! For a smooth finish, apply the gesso with a foam paint roller. I plan to paint a large piece of canvas as a mural. Many thanks from a Silver surfer. 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. With canvas, it will slow the drying as Will suggests, but will help with (archival) preservation of the support, For boards, preparing the back will help reduce warping due to shrinkage of the ground (size & primer). I’d like to do a series of acrylic painting. I am grateful. Is it that the previous artist may have used oil rather than acrylic? You can buy gesso readymade from any art supply shop. Hi Carolyn, if its acrylic painting she would just need to apply a couple of coats of gesso to the canvas, ideally stretched onto stretcher bars to keep the canvas taught. Thanks. Thank you so much for all your knowledge! 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. Primer suited to your chosen painting medium: gesso for acrylics or oils, oil primer for oils or alkyds, pastel primer, absorbent gesso for watercolors… take your pick! I recently found a stash of old, unfinished paintings by my father that I would like to use as the under-painting. I have black gesso.. 1) Do I have to stretch the canvas before I gesso and paint or can I do it as is and then mount, stretch or frame etc? Great site, Will. Thanks for your help. Note: Unstretched canvas does not mean unprimed! Thank you! How many layers of paint should I be painting on? The Flow release should be used on raw canvas only or could be as the layer on gesso primed canvas? 3M’s make a good sandpaper. I have noticed even after 3 layer I still can see the fabric weft. My canvases say they have two coats of highly pigmented acrylic primer on them, they are made by Winsor & Newton, is this the same as gesso?? Cheers, Will. So, climate here is one of the biggest issues. Could you recommend a high-tack tape or something like that please? The beige color of the canvas can be used as a color in the final painting. how much gesso do I need per metre? Handy Art Gesso. Hi Alan, I would stick to calcium carbonate and there isn’t anything that’s I’m aware of that would make a standard PVA glue archival. The size of my work will be 36inchesX30inches. I have promised myself I would not give up or get discouraged, so any starting off info you can share would be great! The BACK of my canvas has picked up paint and just looks messy Can I put paint over it to cover the mess with out doing damage to the painting on the other side I am using oil. Hi Alexis, the ‘size’ is used for protecting the surface of a canvas support and sealing the fabric. If the latter is true, my questions are as follows: MOST Acrylic artist paint come in baby itty bitty bottles…, Someone told me to buy interior matte paint at the big box store and use my itty bitty acrylic tubes like food coloring to get the colors i want – experiment with mixing and then roll on the paint. One more question please, what is liquid clear, and liquid white, these are mediums, so is there equivalent liquids in a hardware store for these items. Dots of paint. This stuff gets everywhere! A non-porous support will allow the paint to dry naturally through evaporation only. Step 4 – Allow 20 minutes to 1 hour for the gesso to dry. Due to the limited movement on a board compared with a canvas, it can create a smoother finish. My mother was given a very large roll of unprimed canvas. I am trying to follow your 5 step oil portrait and i just got a canvas from the market which says ACRYLIC DOUBLE PRIMED …. Here is a recipe for a traditional Chalk gesso using Rabbit skin glue. I generally work in pyrographics, (burning), so this information for my next project is greatly useful as I attemp a large painting behind a burning! Thanks. I’d like to stretch and prime a series of them so I can just pin them up afterward and work on them. 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