View Full Version : painting on unprimed canvas

09-13-2014, 03:26 PM
has anyone experience of painting acrylic on unprimed canvas? what is the result? would using absorbent primer have same effect?:confused:

10-19-2014, 04:54 PM
I'm sorry no-one has replied yet. I've never bought unprimed canvas...but I would think you would need to use White Gesso as the priming coat and then paint on it once it has dried. But maybe someone else will see this and be able to add to it for you?

10-19-2014, 05:24 PM

Sorry, I don't understand your questions.

Are you referring to a cotton duck canvas? Why would you want to paint on a canvas that is not primed with Gesso? Gesso seals and stiffens the surface - and will provide tooth or texture depending on the Gesso you use. Even when I purchase a primed canvas I usually will put on another coat of Gesso after sanding.

I don't know what you mean by "using absorbent primer".

Can you be a little more specific about what you are trying to do.


Johannes Instructor
10-22-2014, 07:35 PM
I would only feel comfortable painting on a primed canvas.