Here’s how I prime and prepare my canvas for painting! First, I mix together gesso, a bit of water, and a liquid acrylic for a tone. I apply it to my canvas with a foam brush, then sand it down with a fine grit sandpaper (usually 320 grit). I repeat this process 2-3x for a silky smooth canvas that allows me to paint pieces in realism.

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Hi! I’m Marianne, I’m an artist and trained teacher (BEd, MEd, OCT). I create painting tutorials in acrylic, oil, and gouache/acrylic ink for both canvases and sketchbooks. I love teaching and supporting emerging artists, and sharing tips and strategies for creating success in your artistic practice. Mistakes and failures are part of the process, and […]

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