How to Start Canvas Painting

Canvas is found in almost all kinds of things which include backpacks marques, and sails. Canvas is a nice surface for painting, especially with acrylic and oil paint. Furthermore, it is sturdy, affordable and even lightweight. When it is treated with gesso it becomes archival.

Here are tips for painting on canvas and beginners and seasoned artists will love it:


i. Prepare the canvas

The first thing you need to do is to stretch your canvas. You can also use a pre-stretched canvas. Use gesso to prime your canvas and you can use gesso like a primer when you want to paint rooms in a house. The importance of gesso is that it can protect the fibers of canvas and makes the painting surface archival. You will use less paint since the work surface will be softer for paint and your brushes will be protected, too.


ii. Use a tonal background color to set the mood


You can use an all overtone to the canvas and this will help you to set a mood in the painting instantly. A coat of a light gray gives a more moody surface and you will be able to create your desired look unlike when you use a bright white canvas.


iii. Setup the canvas and supplies


Setting up the workspace in advance saves time and make life and making more enjoyable and effortless. Have your palette knives, paint brushes, water and anything you may need when painting. Assembling those things makes painting time more pleasant


iv. Select appropriate brushes


Do you know that there are certain brushes which make canvas painting better? For instance, delicate watercolor brushes are not good on the sturdy canvas surface. Choose the appropriate brushes to avoid them being eaten alive and even make painting more presentable. When you paint trees and their uses, you will need a different brush. 


v. Create an underpainting


Canvas is used for opaque paints and it will be nice if you experiment with underpainting. Doing this will enable you to create an outline. You don’t have to worry because it won’t be visible when you finish your painting work


vi. Make sure to adjust the colors appropriately


Try to adjust the color mixes appropriately and this will prevent the finished piece from becoming darker. If you want to make this more effective, then you can use a piece of scrap paper. Afterward, see how dark the swatch dries on the scrap paper.


vii. Experiment with a medium


You can add a medium to acrylic or oil paint. This will enable you to create a cool effect in the painting which is meant for use on canvas. You can choose oil paint media for a high-gloss or matte finish. Acrylic media is great for adding body, gloss or texture to your wonderful finished painting. Medium is great for increasing the dry time, improving the glow, making the paint thick and making the paint glossy.


viii. Have a safe spot for the canvas to dry


Before you start your painting work, it is good to be organized and creating a safe spot for your finished painting to dry is a wise idea. Remember that even the slightest touch to your paint will cause a messy cleanup. Consider a non-stick surface if possible.


Starting a canvas painting will be very easy if you follow the above tips. If you’re a beginner, you should avoid using low-quality brushes and supplies since it will make your painting process difficult and final you’ll be frustrated. Invest your extra money on high-quality supplies and your work will be valuable. High-quality supplies will let you post your painted surfaces on art display websites with confidence.