Tip of the Week - עובשה פיט
- Tip 2 -
Recycling Canvases of Oil Paintings
From: Painting about
Painting over old canvases is not recommended.
Old paintings will eventually show through the
newer painting. Uneven brush strokes in the
original will show up as "ghosts" on your
newer painting. Variations of the materials
used in the original, such as poppy oil or
solvents, will effect the stability of the
new work. Isolating the old painting with
a layer of casein or other material simply
introduces an added complexity which is
contrary to the correct graduation of
However, if you really need to economize,
it is best to remove the entire painting
and ground. Soak canvas overnight in a
tub of water. The paint and ground can
then be scraped from the canvas,
leaving a few traces -- but creating an
acceptable painting surface.
If you can't scrape the paint and ground
almost entirely off, discard the canvas.
Note: this technique will not work on
canvasboard and they should never be
painted over for a new painting.
Historically, very few important works
on second-hand canvases have survived in
good condition. A new painting over an
old will never produce satisfactory and
Jump-start your art with these tips for
By: Tera Leigh
1. Do you find a blank canvas or page intimidating?
Apply a wash of color across it right away. It
doesn't matter what color-just get some color
and movement on it. Remember, you can always cover
it up later, but staring at a canvas striped with
color is a lot more inspirational than looking
at glaring white and not knowing where to start.
(Even if the place to start is covering up that
stripe of color!)
2. Get organized. Go through your studio and put
everything in its place. Open every cabinet and
every drawer. Most artists have more painting
supplies than they use. That box you find in the
back of the closet might be just the thing to
inspire you to try something new.
3. Try a new medium. If you generally work in oil
paints, try watercolor. If you usually do stained
glass, try rubber-stamping. Most arts have
crossover techniques and information, such as
color theory, that can help you to see your own
art in a new way.
4. Take a class. There are few things more
inspiring than someone who's passionate
about what they do. Taking a class with
a good teacher will remind you why you
love your art.
- Tip 1 -
4 Ideas for Overcoming Creative Blocks