I want to talk today about canvas or panels - what we call color support or what you know as the material that you apply paint to. There are some pretty good reasons to have certain types of supports and I’m going to try and cover those right now. First, I want to talk about the canvas type then I’ll discuss panels.
What I see as a really huge re-occurring issue for artists is painting on store bought canvas. The reason that this is generally bad is two fold; first is that its super absorbent and second is that the weave is really strong due to a lot of grain/texture. If you are a seasoned painter that uses a lot of paint when you paint you can get away with a store bought canvas. But most newbie painters don’t understand why a store bought canvas can be a challenge so I will explain why.
Let’s say you’ve got a paint brush and you are going to make a brush stroke, for example near the top of your canvas. What happens when make a brush stroke is the paint sits right on the top.