Howdy folks! Today I’ve got tutorial for you that has been requested a few times and I’m glad to finally share my secrets with you:)
Well, I guess this vid hasn’t been requested per se…. more like I’ve been asked about my specific practices for preparing my surface as well as creating the pre-drawing for a painting. It’s definitely a bit of a process, but as most artists will tell you, having your art materials just the way you like them is totally clutch.
Preparing a painting surface is usually specific to each artist. Many folks like to purchase their canvases already ready, while others of us prefer to create our own from scratch. I can tell you one reason (of many) that I choose to make my own: it gives me the ability to control my composition according to my desired measurements and scale specific to each piece. I'm not obligated to make my paintings fit a 12x16 or 16x24 inch mold, for example.
So hopefully this vid will answer the mystery of how a roll of my favorite Oil Primed Belgian Linen and a piece of hardwood can become a dreamy and oh-so-deluxe surface, perfect for oil painting and sturdy enough for layering acrylic resin.
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Here’s where you can find the rolls of linen:
Or a much, much less costly pre-prepped panel if you’d like to try the linen before committing:
originally published September 20, 2018