Will Kemp: How To Apply A Colored Acrylic Background For Beginners

Artist Will Kemp teaches us in this art tutorial how to create a colored canvas for use with a still life or landscape painting. He selects the acrylic color ‘yellow ochre’ for its tonal qualities and unimposing colour to feature as the background paint. He also advises against the use of this color in portraiture because it is too close to the skin tones.

With a decorator’s brush you paint the sides of the box canvas evenly making sure you are quite rough to get into the grain of the canvas so there is no white primer showing through.Once you are happy there are no drips you can leave the sides and join the surface of the canvas working quickly so the paint doesn’t dry. In a horizontal motion drag the brush slowly side to side making sure you over lap each horizontal stroke to make extra sure the whole canvas is covered. Then that’s it, you’re ready to go with your painting.

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    1. Hi TheHiimrube, yes i do add some water to the paint so it goes on quite thinly. You’re trying to cover the canvas with an opaque colour, using as thin a layer as possible. It can take a couple of goes to get the consistency right.Thanks,Will

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