Preparing Your Painting Surfaces

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Preparing Your Painting Surfaces

How to prep Painting

How to Prepare Your Painting Surfaces

If you have the time to prepare your very own painting surface areas and wish to save a bundle, mainly if you paint a lot, check out on for some choices you can experiment with. If you still want to utilize linen or cotton, you can purchase it by the roll, cut out your very own sizes and after that glue them to wooden panels.

You can use acrylic gel medium as glue for a couple of units or buy a gallon of Miracle Muck glue if you plan to make them in series. The expense per system will considerably drop since the labor is no longer factored in.

Installing these on stretcher boards is unworthy the work, so forget that. The best option is to buy an 8- x 4-foot birch wood panel at a lumber shop and have them cut this panel into smaller units. I mainly deal with 9 x 12, 11 x 14 or 12 x 16 canvases for outside painting and my online art demonstrations.

Because lumber stores do not normally charge for cutting, the savings are substantial.These raw boards are great for soaking up the glue too. You’ll wind up with many individual boards.

Once you have these systems, you have the following two options:

Paste areas cut out from a roll. In case you choose to paste from a turn, make sure the size is a 1/4 inch bigger on each side to compensate when the fabric diminishes when it gets wetted by the glue. Then, cut off the residue. This still takes some work.
Gesso your very own surface. Take into consideration thin boards will warp when they become damp. Wet both sides when adding the glue or gesso. You can utilize 1/8 inch boards for little panels; 1/4 inch will be essential for larger sizes; 1/2 inch for 24 × 30 inches or larger. Birchwood is lightweight, so these canvases are convenient for transferring on a plein air painting trip.

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