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You know those canvasses that say they're pre-primed... and unless you are making them yourself with a fabric like linen or calico or some other sort of canvas, most of the ones you buy would be 'pre-primed'.
Today's tip is simply to make sure you prime them again. Before you paint on them. It's the difference between your paint DRAGGING on the surface or GLIDING on the surface.
|Obviously GOLDEN is my brand of choice - the gesso is like pouring cream - divine|
|This Atelier brand of gesso is quite thick|
There's a terrific video here about how to prime your canvas - http://video.about.com/?bcpid=42795866001&bclid=0&bctid=326119601001
And a wonderful video here about going a step further than just simply priming with gesso, and making a totally smooth surface to paint on, using modelling paste -
There are different types of gesso, but I mainly use GOLDEN white or black. GOLDEN's Sandable Hard Gesso is great if you are painting on a rigid surface (timber, etc) and want to sand it between coats and get a super hard, smooth surface. You can use acrylic gesso under acrylic or oil paints.
So, if you haven't tried painting on a properly gesso'ed surface before, please try it - you'll notice the difference straight away.
Next week, we'll talk about the difference a coloured background makes.