18th century French gastroenterologist's dredge, from the Louvre.
Here I am in Old Lyme Connecticut.I taught a workshop today and will again tomorrow. I think I will write just a little more about canvas as the comments have been filled with various ideas, some good and some confused about that. Bullets please.
- YOU CANNOT USE HOUSE PRIMER ON CANVAS, DON'T DO IT!!
- You CAN put an oil ground down over acrylic preprimed canvas. Let it dry for a good long time before using it. At least several weeks.
- Gesso is made with rabbitskin glue and whiting, marble dust etc. The acrylic stuff in the jar from the art supply store is not gesso, They just call it that. I hate the stuff. It might or might not be a good ground for oil paint, but it is unpleasant to work on. Your paint will stand up on the surface better on an oil ground.
- I often use TEMPERED Masonite as a panel. The untempered would be preferable but it has become hard to find. I use oil primer on it, I would not use acrylic primer over this though.
- I use Zinsser oil timer. They are better known for shellac based products. You can certainly paint on shellac, but I think a primer is better, it has substance, tooth, and small degree of thirstiness that I think is good.
- Shellac is made from Lac beetles, it is not a plant exudate or a varnish from a tree. It doesn't keep terribly well. It thins with alcohol and dries extremely quickly. You can shellac watercolor paper and paint in oil on it.
- Here is a tutorial from the blog on making panels
- If you can afford it, use Claessens type 12, mounted on panels that is the best fix I think, but it is expensive. Sourcetek has those. I can't afford them. I use acres of canvas.
- I find the surface of the Polyester canvas to be too hard. It is a little like painting on a window screen. But I want to experiment with it some more. Synthetic is the future, it is stable and never rots.
- Fredrix makes a very high quality oil primed cotton with an oil priming, called Scarlet O'Hara, you can get it here.
- Here is a link to Jerry's for the Centurion oil primed linen made by the Chi-Coms.
- Here is a link for cheap panels with oil primed linen on them. They are not the quality of Sourcetek, but the surface is nice.
- Here is the same Chi-Com oil primed linen prestreched, sold in boxes.
- Here is a link to Jerry's for Claessens type 12 a premium oil primed linen. It is expensive but a wonderful product.
- I think cotton is as good, or nearly as good as linen, but it must not be the thin stuff that is sold at the mall craft supply stores. A 7 oz canvas is too light. 12 oz is about right. Notice the surface. I don't like a rough weave, but you might.I often use portrait linen that has a fine weave.