"What should I do with all these space?" "Do I need this much space to begin with?" "How should I start painting my ideas?"
In this article, we'll answer those questions (and more!) so your canvas painting adventure will always be a fun and positive one. Read on!
Prime your canvas. Primers like gesso is a substance applied to canvases to make your work surface smoother and softer for paint. Primers come in different varieties depending on the type of paint you will be using. Make sure to ask your art teacher the specific primer you need to use for acrylic paint, oil paint and / or tempera.
Aside from these benefits, priming your canvas can help you use less paint to create your work. A well-primed canvas is also essential in protecting the quality of your brushes.
Let's say you want to make a reproduction of Van Gogh's Starry Starry Night. To set the mood, you can apply an over-all dark blue tone to your canvas. The application of blue paint immediately creates the idea or illusion of a blue sky.
Do you prefer using an easel where you can prop up your blank canvas upright or do you prefer when it is tilted at a slight angle? Or do you feel more control when your blank canvas is laid down on a flat surface like the floor?
There are no right or no wrong answers! By assembling your brushes, knives, water and other painting supplies in its place, your ensuring a pleasant painting process for yourself.
As you would most likely use acrylic or oil-based paint to work with your huge, blank canvas, a brush with stiffer bristles and a longer handle is more suited than a brush you would use for water coloring. Watercolor paintbrushes are too fine, soft and delicate. You won't be able to apply your paint as aggressively as you want to.
There is also the shape of the brush you need to consider before working on your artwork. The following are the eight main shapes you should have in your arsenal.
Below is our art class schedule for 2017 for your reference.