Iceland 2.0: Canvas Prep – Cracking Vs Texture Paste

Canvas Prep is unique to each artist, their style and medium will change how they choose to prepare their canvas. I usually use Gesso to add a layer of extra paint before I start painting on top. As I put down the Gesso primer I use knives and brushes to build a texture or form which, when it’s dry, makes a great foundation to start painting on.

As I start to think about the kind of work I want to do when I get back from Iceland, one of the things I would like to achieve is very textured parts of a canvas that look almost like earth or sand. The Ice beaches in the South of Iceland are made up of black sand and lumps of ice from the icebergs that come down from the glaciers in the mountains, which make a striking contrast and I hope, will make great paintings. To create the effect of sand or earth in the canvas I’m going to experiment with using crackling effect and texture paste and then add a little sand to see how they turn out!

Here’s how it went…

Next time I’ll be back with part 2 of the experiment and add a little sand.

See you then!



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