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Acrylic Paint Canvas

Preparing an acrylic paint canvas is simple, once you learn to effectively do this with accuracy and precision. This article will cover some basic information and suggestions about acrylic paint canvas preparation, as well as helpful insider tips on making this process as hassle-free as possible, so the artist in you can find the process of acrylic painting significantly more enjoyable.

Many artists simply buy a prepared canvas at the store, already stretched and ready for acrylic paint application. This undoubtedly saves time and allows for immediately diving in to the relaxing and exciting experience of acrylic painting. However, sometimes artists have specific ideas or requirements in mind for a potential acrylic paint canvas. In these times, individuals can undertake preparing their own canvas, which requires purchasing an unprimed cotton canvas, wooden framework, staples for a staple gun, and corner keys for stretching the canvas to an ideal tension.

When stretching a canvas, be sure to produce an equitable amount of tension on the canvas at all points by stretching each corner a little bit a time. Avoid trying to tighten the canvas too rapidly, which will damage the acrylic paint canvas and potentially make it unusable. For this reason, the vast majority of recreational acrylic painters will turn to pre-made acrylic paint canvases to produce their art. Either way many canvas styles and sizes are available to artists and may even inspire some creativity alone by themselves when blank.

Once a canvas is stretched or purchased, you want to prime your acrylic paint canvas. By reading about this process or speaking with a store representative, artists can ensure the canvas they are purchasing has not already been primed and can better understand what supplies they will need to purchase. For example, a blank, unprimed acrylic paint canvas will require a wide paint brush and gesso appropriate for acrylic paint canvas use.

Once ready, be sure to liberally shake the contents of the bottle of gesso. Different approaches are required, depending on whether you seek a rough or sheer canvas. For a rough canvas, only one coat of gesso is necessary with no dilution. For a sheer canvas, multiple applications of gesso are necessary, and fortunately, these applications will dry rather swiftly. Additionally, you may wish to implement a dilution strategy for the gesso by mixing it with one part water and one part gloss for an even smoother canvas. In either case, utilize wide strokes that run in a parallel manner from bottom to top of the canvas to minimize any adverse appearance of the primed canvas. Additionally, be sure to keep the application of the gesso on the canvas at an even distribution of application to prevent later problems with discoloration or texture. Also, promptly clean the wide brush used to apply the gesso when priming the acrylic paint canvas with warm water and soap to prevent the brush from being ruined and worthless for future use. Following the application and priming of a canvas with gesso, artists can now enjoy their acrylic paint canvas in any manner they so desire.

 

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