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Preparing canvases. I used to make my own stretchers, stretch the canvas, apply several coats of gesso sanding between each coat. Now I buy pre-made canvases with gesso already applied.
The problem is that acrylic paint quite often does not adhere to these canvases; at least not the first pass of color blocking.
The reason: likely there is oil present.
The solution: gesso, sand and then gesso again. Repeat until the desired texture is achieved. Super smooth can take several applications .

I like having a little “tooth” so I usually only do two or three coats.

How do you work your canvases?

HelenRoseBuck 6 June 18
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the application of gesso with a squeege produces some nice smooth surfaces if your into that, and speeds up the process. makes me think about building stretchers again.

hankster Level 9 June 18, 2021

Thanks! I’ll give it a try.

I have some artist friends who use spall rollers. Have you ever tried them?

@HelenRoseBuck my memory is goes on faster, but didn't achieve the super smooth surface i was looking for. i would go over once with the brush to ensure complete coverage, then go at it with a thin metal blade about 12" long used as a guard to paint window trim. it made a great squeege for thinner stuff like gesso.

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I have not been a painter but am considering taking up acrylics, so this is good to know.

MsKathleen Level 7 June 18, 2021
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That's a tricky question. I am certainly not an artist and have had no training. When I paint, it's in a canvas book and I just let the paint and brushes make me feel like a fool. I'm jealous of those of you that create such wonderful worlds. Keep at it!

Holysocks Level 8 June 18, 2021

Same to you! Keep at it. No two artists are alike and EVERYONE is a creative person so do your thing!

@HelenRoseBuck
You are absolutely right! I don't complain about my paintings especially since some of my metal work has been shipped overseas. The important thing is to enjoy what you do.

@Holysocks just took a peek at your page and saw some of your art. Love it!

@HelenRoseBuck
Thank you! Some of it is ridiculous, and some serious. I love making all of it if it makes someone smile.

@HelenRoseBuck
I take it you are into photography as well?

@Holysocks amateur photographer. I take mostly reference photos for my paintings

@HelenRoseBuck
They can be accidentally beautiful too.

everyone... everyone is an artmaker. by choice or not. practice and get better, sure, but paintings of mudhole fights count.

@hankster
You got it. If it's painted nails in an old board, framed dried flowers, etc. If someone is expressing themselves, it's beautiful.

@Holysocks well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but i take your meaning if the "creating" is beautiful despite it's product sometimes. lol.

@hankster
Okokok.most of my work might be placed among pictures of flatus....

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