Preparing Your Canvas: Part 2, Acrylics
22 x 30 Acrylic on Raw Canvas. This painting is an example of the flexibility of acrylic paint on raw (unprimed)canvas. Even though the painting is old it is showing no signs of decay.
Acrylic paintings much less fragile than oil paintings. Acrylics are basically plastics, so using them on a canvas is like sealing that surface with plastic and can actually add to the longevity of the surface. For this reason it’s perfectly possible to use acrylics on raw canvas or other textiles without them negatively impacting the substrate. Gesso will still increase the life span of the painting but the acrylics will not eat away at the support like oils or solvents do. Additionally, many acrylics now come with a UV protective agent which helps to protect the painting from the harmful effects of the sun.
22 x 30 Acrylic and Gesso on Raw Canvas. In this example the background blues are painted on raw canvas, the black is a coloured gesso which gives an additional dimension to the painting.