Love canvas painting? Painting boosts creativity and self-esteem. It improves concentration. It sharpens fine motor skills. It is a good way to relax. It inspires you to communicate your deepest thoughts and feelings. It gives you a positive mindset. And it can make you become a more decisive person.
Here are the best canvas painting tips for beginners.
1. Linen or Cotton Canvas?
Linen is an expensive surface. It is a more cooperative painting surface than a cotton surface. However, it is not worth it if you are not going to sell your painting. Linen and cotton surfaces use the same primers. The weave of linen canvas is more random making it perfect for dry brushing.
2. Prepare Your Painting Surface
Prepare your painting surface before you start painting. Buy line or cotton canvas by the roll. Cut the roll into small sizes that suit you. Then, glue your canvas to wooden panels. You can get raw boards from lumber stores. Some stores do not charge for cutting. So, ask them to cut your board into small wooden panels.
4. Apply Gesso
Gesso the painting surface is the most viable option. A heavy textured surface is perfect for showing convincing landscape texture. A mildly textured surface is perfect for dry brushing because it does not water down and leaves pointed protrusions. And a smooth non-textured gesso, which is flat, is perfect for fine details like portraits and wildlife.
5. Toning Your Canvas
Do you know how to work with pastel? Pastel paper comes in different colors, which are perfect for toning your canvas. Toning your canvas makes some colors to glow through. For instance, if you are painting a nocturne or foggy day, tone your canvas to a blue-gray.
6. Choose Appropriate Brushes
Brushes are different. The best brushes for canvas painting are acrylic or oil paint brushes with stiff bristles and long handles. Because they are easy to hold them when you are painting. They are not like delicate watercolor brushes, which are hard to hold.
7. Create an Underpainting
Canvas is usually used for opaque paints. Therefore, it is perfect experimenting with an underpainting. Underpainting creates an outline, which adds depth and texture to your finished piece. However, it might not be visible once you have finished your painting.
These are the best canvas painting tips for beginners. They can help you stop making mistakes that most new painters make. If you are serious about becoming a painter, take painting seriously. And learn from an expert.