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Preparing a Canvas to be Smoother


(Timothy Ellmers) #1

I have recently fallen in love with painting on smooth panel boards as I feel I do not have to use as much paint. I paint much looser than when I use a canvas.

However, I own many canvases and would like to still use them. I have tried adding more gesso to them to help make the canvases smoother, but they still take a good amount of paint (more so than panels). Is there a product out there I could prepare my canvas with that will give it a smoother texture to paint on that would work with both acrylic and oil paints?


(Connie McLennan) #2

Apply gesso with a palette knife, sand when dry. Then apply a layer of varnish. That should make it smooth and slick as butter—which I, personally, would hate. ;-D


(Andrea Jeris) #3

Actually a layer of paint makes them pretty smooth. I’ve covered over an old painting back to white with paint after sanding and it was really smooth and non absorbent.


(Rhett Regina Owings) #4

I personally would be afraid to sand an old painting. I would be afraid to breath that toxic dust.


(Lynda Davison) #5

Canvas is made to have more “tooth” than board…I would think that by the time you add a
lot of prep to change the surface you might as well have bought the board to begin with, heh.
Just a recommendation of course - But I would use your canvasses as they were intended and add the board to your options.
Another option would be to sell your canvasses online to be
replaced with the board option :slightly_smiling_face: