View Full Version : Already primed canvas

08-10-2001, 09:33 PM
Can anyone tell me about already primed canvas? Do you not have to prime it? I have a couple of tablets with primed canvas pages to "practice" on, and it looks primed to me. You can tell the difference on the other side of the page.

08-11-2001, 04:21 PM
Is this pad you have actually made of canvas, or is it canvas texture embossed paper? I've seen both marketed.

Pre-primed canvas (stretched or in a pad) is usually machine-coated with acrylic gesso unless labeled otherwise. You can paint on this directly with acrylic, with the folowing precautions. Sometimes this coating is rather thin, so you may want to apply an extra coat, but this is not completely necessary. In any case, I'd suggest washing the surface thoroughly with a degreaser to remove any dirt or oils that may have contaminated the surface during manufacture, shipping, or storage. Take care to only wet the primed surface when washing unstretched canvas, as the canvas may shrink while the primer will not, causing curling.