Hi! I am Sandra Scheetz Wise and I am at the
Gallery One Artist gallery in Kissimmee, Florida welcome to expertvillage.com. Today, we are
going to show you how to prepare your canvas before you start painting. You can start for
example and paint on a regular canvas. It makes it a little rough, but sometimes people
like to paint that way. If you are looking to do with detail you would like to do something
that is a little smoother even if you are doing a portrait and how you do that is with
products called Gesso it comes in a plastic tube tub or it comes in a metal container,
it depends on how much you are going to use. This one here for example is half way prepped.
The one that I was showing you here, we are going to take some of this and show you exactly
what we do. We take some with our fingers and what we do is we rub it into the cloth
and we do this all the way over through the canvas until we fill it up. After that we
let it dry and of course you get dirty, we let it dry and then we run more Gesso over
it and this will up two or three coats will make it smooth so you won’t get the roughness.
Then what we do is we take the canvas or the panel or the board that you have done and
you take a sandpaper and use sand with rough sandpaper lightly along your canvas until
it becomes smooth okay. Once you do that you have problems with canvases being loose and
how you change that, is you take a spray bottle and you spray on the back of the canvas, rub
it in a little bit and let it dry and what happens is the cotton in the canvas will shrink
and it will tighten up your canvas. Even if you have a painting already done and it tends
to get bowed you can do the same thing and it won’t hurt your painting that is finished.
You just spray a little water on the back of the canvas and it will shrink it a little
and it will straighten it right out. I thank you a lot and please look at my website at
sandrascheetz.com and say hello!