Thursday, December 1, 2011

#920 edge of plate

sold While painting this, I took out a little brush for the detail work and I remembered I used to detail paint Rabbit Razors (razors shaped like rabbits) in college as a part time job. Other News: Anyone have any tricks for painting with acrylic on canvas? I paint mostly on masonite because I love how buttery the paint is on the surface, but I'm wondering is there any way to treat a canvas to get the same feeling with acrylic?
still life, acrylic, 6"x6"


  1. Lisa, acrylics on canvas is pretty much like buttering toast. Though will never be as smooth as masonite, you can try portrait canvas, linen, or lots of gesso, fine sandpaper and elbow grease.

  2. Lisa,

    You might want to try coating your canvas with a layer of Liquitex or Golden Gel Medium. I would probably try gloss. Let it dry before you paint. It should give the canvas a smooth surface to paint on and let your paints feel buttery.

    I'm interested to see what you come up with.


  3. Hi Lisa, three smooth applications of gesso, light brush strokes on the layers works for me. There are others who put five applications and sand between each. Try it all and see what works for you.Just use a good mask if you are going to sand.

  4. not that I know much about painting, but you might want to hop over to David Lloyd artblog - he paints dailies in acrylic and they have a lovely gloss

  5. I adore this painting! Wow wow wow!

  6. Lovely painting!

    I use acrylic - I say try different types/manufacturers of canvas - I find different ones "take" the paint differently. If I don't like the surface, a little sanding and a coat or two of gesso usually helps. I've never tried the gel medium that Heather B. suggested though - I may have to give that a try!

  7. First, your painting is really nice. The palette is to-die-for.
    I paint in oil so my advice on this is suspect but here goes. My oils seem the most buttery on linen, Centurion, the cheap selection at Jerry's Artarama. I paint on it unstretched and clipped to a sheet of foamcore. This eliminates the bounce of stretched canvas and the linen seems kind of silky unlike canvas.
    If you like what you've painted, you can stretch it or glue it to a masonite panel. If you don't, the investment in time and effort is minimal.

  8. It is like buttering toast, very, very dry toast !!! - I've been attacking the canvas this week in many different ways because of everyone's suggestions. First I used gel medium, gloss, matte, and finally a combination of both. Then I used retarder by itself and then I used that with medium and I added water and found a foam brush waaay in the back under the kitchen sink, so I used it. And I remembered I had a roller in the bathroom, because I never finished painting behind the cabinet, eh - who's to know - oh, but the roller, I digress, Barkley Hendrix uses a roller, I figured if it works for him, but I quickly discovered (or rather rediscovered), I am not Barkley Hendrix - goodness, it was a frenzy of paint over here. I forgot to use the gesso though, now that I look at this and that was the one I thought would totally work for me. Tomorrow I gesso!!! I would also like to try linen, but that involves a trip to the art store an endeavor I do not enjoy. And I'm going to do the stapling next on a board to get rid of the bounce, maybe that's what I don't like?