Learn how to prime canvas! Make your own canvas. It can be fun and save you some money too.
First, shake your Gesso really well, then pour it onto your palette paper (or paper plate). Grab your paint brush, saturate it in the Gesso, then paint away on the canvas.
Let the Gesso dry on the canvas. This can take anywhere from 20-40 minutes. If you want to speed up the drying process, use a hairdryer to dry the Gesso on the canvas. When the Gesso is dry, use your sandpaper to make the canvas surface smooth.
Now it's time to stretch the canvas material over the stretcher bars. Pull one side over and staple it to the bar. Then turn the canvas over and pul the canvas material tightly, pull it over, and staple to the other side. Repeat this step on the opposite sides.
That's it! You're finished! Congratulations! Enjoy painting on your very own canvas.
Check out this video to learn how to prime your canvas
Priming a Canvas with Pamela Wang
Once your canvas is dry you are ready to paint on it with oil paints or acrylic paints.
Have Fun Painitng!
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