View Full Version : Covering It All

09-11-2003, 08:35 PM
Hello all,

When you are doing an acrylic painting, do you have to
cover the canvas every little bit? Would it be harmful to
leave a bare thread? I want to get somewhat looser,
and trying to paint every minute spot might inhibit me.

09-11-2003, 08:38 PM
There's no "rules" when it comes to painting. Do what you feel is best. ;)

However, if you're even worried about this, maybe you should "block in" your major color areas, just painting solid shapes to cover the whole canvas. Then go back and paint your actual subject; you'll be able to work loosely without worrying about covering everything because it's already covered.

Something to try, anyway. :D

09-11-2003, 09:17 PM
Talkingbanana is right. At least I stain the shade areas because the little sparkley white skips that show thru look like warm sparkles hindering the cool illusion. A few times I didn't notice them till I was showing at outdoor show. Then you have to match the color and that can be tough or put a bird there. I have no problem with them in the sunlit areas usually, infact they may be good. Good luck.


09-11-2003, 10:11 PM
If the canvas is primed it won't hurt to not cover every spot, but it will change color over time. Do you put a final varnish over your acrylics? That will protect any canvas that shows.

Bubba's Mama
09-12-2003, 06:22 AM
How about trying an all over wash of either BU or RS (warm vs. cool) before you paint. Covers all the canvas, and can frequently help me "see" the colors.