In this post I have a video that gives an introduction to oil painting canvas.
I like to call this, step 0. I used to say that how to prepare a canvas was step 1, then I thought about that for a bit. Before you can prepare a canvas, you should know a little about the material of the canvas itself. So I called learning about this, step 0.
I mean, think about it for a minute. What would be the absolute first thing you learn about when learning to paint. There’s no definite right answer, but I think the surface you are going to make most of your paintings on is a pretty good place to start.
In all my years of art school, I didn’t have a class where we spent time learning about canvas. What it is, the different ones available to buy, what those differences are, etc.
Why wasn’t it taught, you ask?
I’ve no idea. Seems ridiculous if you think about.
You are making these paintings on canvas, but you never learn about the canvas itself? It’s like a carpenter who never learned about different wood.
Anyway, watch this video, use those like button thingy’s to spread it around on your social media outlets’s like facebook, pinterest, etc.
This video goes into a background on canvas for oil painting.
oil painting canvas preparation is not talked about much these days. Oil painting classes rarely talk about it because of the convenience of pre-stretched canvases that are in art stores.
Most of those canvases are, frankly, terrible. They are causing you added frustration because of how they are prepared, but most oil painting students do not even think about the canvas as a “big deal”
This is a huge mistake
Check out this video where I give a quick background lesson about canvas.
Here’s to better oil painting.
If you’d like to get a full course that will cover not only your canvas and all your materials, but a step by step formula to paint like the old masters, go check out the 7 Part Video series – Oil Painting Formula
Looking to buy oil painting brushes? Or would you just like a little primer about brushes and which ones your should have and why? I have posted a video tutorial for you which will cover which brushes are a good start if you are not sure where to start.
After all, buying oil painting brushes can be expensive. Actually, they should be pretty expensive because cheap brushes will fall apart fast and will end up costing you money in the long run.
Watch this video tutorial about buying oil painting brushes and you’ll see which type of hairs and which number of brush is a great place to begin.
Remember, a piece of advice I always give is buy the most expensive oil painting brushes you can afford. Cheap tools lead to frustration as well as cheap looking paintings.