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08-04-2002, 09:35 PM
Am I incompetent or is priming your canvas difficult? I can apply it alright, but getting it spread evenly and smoothly proves to be a challenge. Does it just take practice and patience or am I a lost cause?

08-05-2002, 10:21 AM
i can't say that i've ever found priming to be particularly difficult. but then again, i have no idea which materials you are working with. here's what i do:

- i seal the canvas, either with bunny glue or clear acrylic if no bunny glue

- i make some lead white oil paint (but you can just buy some).

- i fill a can about halfway with it.

- i stir in turpentine until the primer is runny.

- i stir in marble dust until its not quite as runny.

by adding solvents, you can thin the primer to a consistency where its not so difficult to control.

and failing that, there's always acrylic gesso, which thins with water and dries in a few hours.

08-05-2002, 04:58 PM
I think I know what my problem is now, thanks for the response. I'll have to thin it it down because it's a little thick.