Tuesday’s Tip-canvas prep

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​Yesterday I began the process of preparing my canvas so I could begin painting and thought that this would be a great opportunity to offer a quick and easy tip on preparing your canvas. 

CanvasAs much as I hate patronizing Hobby Lobby, they have a weekly 40% coupon and I couldn’t resist!
Gesso
Gesso applied I purchased the Master’s Touch Fine Art Studio canvas 30″ x 40″ and although it’s triple primed with acid-free acrylic gesso I wanted a gradation, slightly monochromatic gray base for this particular piece so I applied more gesso. A few slabs here and there, a little goes a long way. 

Prepared canvasI applied a dot of Titan buff on the left side, a speckle of black in the middle, and a few more dots on the right. Keep in mind I am trying to achieve a gray gradation. 
 I began blending dark to light blending the gesso/paint on the canvas. Depending on the look or effect you’re hoping to achieve blending can be done many ways. Blending on a palette then applying the gesso to your canvas is an option. You can also use a palette knife to apply your gesso, the possibilities are endless.  

Just to briefly review, today’s tip offers a fun way to prepare your canvas if you’re wanting to change the background. Hope this helps, leave a comment if you have any questions. Happy Painting!!

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