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Old 08-11-2011, 04:51 AM
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White areas on canvas

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On a white canvas, is it ok to leave white spaces? Or must we use white paint (or some other color) over them? I mean, there are going to be spaces where thre are no picture, such spaces will be white. Must we just leave them as they are?

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Old 08-11-2011, 05:59 AM
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Re: White areas on canvas

Watercolor artists use no pure white at all, their paper is their white.

You can do whatever you like in that sense.
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Old 08-11-2011, 08:49 AM
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Re: White areas on canvas

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Watercolor artists use no pure white at all, their paper is their white.

You can do whatever you like in that sense.

In oil painting also, does the canvas itself function as white, or must we apply white paint on those blank spots?
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:38 PM
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Re: White areas on canvas

It can if you want it to
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Re: White areas on canvas

I think it depends on the final effect that you want.

If you want no chance of white canvas showing through, you can tint the canvas before you begin your painting, either with coloured gesso or with a light was of pigment.

I have seen many paintings where the substrate was left to show through and also many where it wasn't.
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Re: White areas on canvas

It's fine to leave white. It's stable.

Some artists leave raw brown stringy canvas showing. The only rule is there are not rules. Do what you want and you will be an artist.

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Re: White areas on canvas

It's a personal choice about your piece. The only suggestion I would have is if there is a lot of white space, just be careful handling it. If the ground is a gesso, it will be absorbant and pick up grease/dirt from hands.

I know a lot of people water-down a neutral tone of paint and lay it down before they start, and then wipe a lot of it off. I know one art teacher that teaches his students to put neon orange or neon magenta--I think this is a bit extreme, and if it shows through, will be way more distracting than white.
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