Join Will Kemp for an in-depth discussion in this video Canvas, paper, or board?, part of Foundations of Acrylic Painting.
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- So the great thing about acrylics…are that they're so flexible…they can be painted on practically anything.…They can be painted onto board,…onto raw canvas,…onto canvas that's got gesso on,…onto metal,…practically anything without any priming,…you can just paint it straight on top.…When you're first starting,…one of the most affordable things you can paint on…is canvas board.…This is just thin cardboard…that has got a slight texture painted onto it.…This one's brown because I've painted that…with a brown colored ground,…but most of the time they come white.…
This is a raw stretched canvas,…and this is also a stretched canvas,…but the difference here…is that this one was primed in the factory…with a white gesso.…They've both been stretched around a wooden frame,…which is called a stretcher bar.…Stretcher bars can vary in depth,…and this one here is a little bit shallower.…What you'll often find on the back of stretcher bars…in this little pack are called wooden keys.…
You just take them off,…and then they slide in…the back of the stretcher bars…
In this course, Will Kemp takes you on a journey that will unleash your inner artist, providing an introduction to the materials and techniques used in acrylic painting.
The course follows a progressive sequence, covering beginner and advanced acrylic painting methods, from underpainting and glazing to impasto and textural effects. It also addresses setup and materials, color mixing and pigment choice, brush-handling and palette-knife techniques, as well as gels and mediums.
By the end of the course you'll have a final still-life project you can hang with pride, and a solid foundation of painting knowledge, making the transition into more challenging subjects or mediums much easier.
- Choosing a brush, palette, and canvas
- Altering acrylic paint with water and other mediums
- Blocking in and underpainting
- Adding glazes
- Choosing pigments
- Understanding basic color theory
- Creating texture
- Signing and protecting your work