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Hi girls,

I want to start painting...like, on canvas. I feel so silly just wanting to start this and I don't know a thing about it. Does anyone here paint? Can anyone recommend where to get cheap canvases? What type of paints should I try? I'm at a loss as to how to get started, but it seems therapeutic.

Thank you :o)


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Mar. 23rd, 2004 07:31 pm (UTC)
mmm. i'd say acrylics are cheap and easy to work with for canvas. and as for the canvas itself, i think stretching your own is cheaper? basically you get a canvas frame, and staple gun the canvas across it so it's taut. i'm sure other people will have a better explanation of this.

good luck!
Mar. 23rd, 2004 08:43 pm (UTC)
also geso your canvas to make it tight!
i also agree with acrylics tempra sucks ass!
~always amanda~
Mar. 23rd, 2004 07:38 pm (UTC)
remember: add black to your colors and add color to your white...especially if you use oil.
Mar. 23rd, 2004 07:49 pm (UTC)
You shouldn't at all feel silly. You get started by picking out colors you like, buying a cheap set of camel hair brushes, and finding a surface to paint on. It doesn't have to be canvas.

But don't always get the cheapest canvas you can find - I am very fond of my first few paintings, but I won't hang them because they're on cheap canvas with the staples showing on the sides, and I don't have money to get them framed. www.dickblick.com is a good place to get MasterWrap canvases and the like, on the cheap. Who knows? Like me, your first painting might be your favourite. :)
Mar. 23rd, 2004 10:16 pm (UTC)
for my unframed canvases that i want to display, i paint the sides a solid color that "compliments" or frames the painting on the front. it gives it a finished look and covers the staples.
Mar. 23rd, 2004 07:54 pm (UTC)
I was an art student in highschool, so I got all spoiled with nice supplies. Now that I'm a broke-ass university student, I gotsta improvise! I actually found some small-ish canvases at the dollar store, 2/$1 and I buy those cheap crafter acrylic paints there, too. Dollar each! Sometimes they have a pretty good range of colours, and other times they don't. But there's tons of dollar stores everywhere so hit up a couple. I'd rather have the thicker kind that come in pots, but these'll do for now:) They've also got cheap brushes there, but I still have the brushes I "borrowed" in highschool, so I'm not sure about their quality.

Try going to Wal Mart... they just put one of those super Wal Marts around where I live, and they've got cheap canvases and paint. I found some niiiice textured watercolour paper there (as well as quality watercolours in tubes! Much better than the cake kind... for me at least) for a good price.

Anyway, acrylic and watercolours have been the easiest medium for me. I looooove watercolours:)
Good luck with your painting!
Mar. 23rd, 2004 08:16 pm (UTC)
Acrylics are wonderful - especially if you are wanting to "dabble" in painting. ;)

You can mix them with water to use them as watercolors, mix them with mediums to make them thick so you can butter them on the canvas.

And canvas - well, like someone else said, it doesn't have to be canvas. But, a nice cheap and easily stored surface would be canvas board. I've also done some really fun paintings with the craft paints - so cheap! Although not as thick and ... 3-dimensional? as acrylic artist paints. Buying a set of basic, student quality acrylic paints would probably only set you back 15-20 bucks.

Hobby Lobby quite often has their artist supplies (paints, brushes, canvas) on sale 50% off - check them out!

Mar. 23rd, 2004 11:12 pm (UTC)
if you use acrylics you can paint on just about anything if you first prime it with gesso - i use masonite boards from the hardware store which are dirt cheap - if you use watercolors you will need paper rather than canvas - i highly encourage you to go for it - painting is such a wonderful expression
Mar. 24th, 2004 09:01 am (UTC)
This advice is different than others, but these are my suggestions:

Jo-Ann's and Michaels both regularly put out 40 or 50% off coupons in their sunday circulars, take advantage of these coupons to buy decent pre-stretched canvas (staples on back) or a roll of canvas.

I'd also like to say go for oil. I started with acrylics and it only took me one stroke with oil to switch. Oils don't dry as fast, have more depth, and for me it's just like chemical photographer vs. digital, there is a clear winner. (chemical) Oils are just more fun to work with and the end result is just fabulous.
Mar. 24th, 2004 09:08 am (UTC)
you seem to be a good person to ask this:

how do you clean brushes when you work with oils.

what do you use to dilute the oils?

i inherited a box of oil paints but dont' know how to use them.:)

do i need to prime the canvas before i paint? with what?
Mar. 24th, 2004 09:22 am (UTC)
I'll reply in the best way I can..

I use mineral spirits to both clean my brushes and thin my oils, you can also use some of the thinners available at art supply stores, but I find that a can of mineral spirits from wal-mart works just as well.

Prime your canvas with gesso. The canvases you purchase are going to be already primed (it's that white hard stuff) but otherwise buy as large a can of gesso as you can afford and paint it on your canvas after you stretch it with a large brush.
Mar. 24th, 2004 10:01 am (UTC)
does it come in a spray can or something?

how do you keep spirits while painting? in a bowl?
do i need to wash the brushes right away, can i live them in mineral spirits?
Mar. 24th, 2004 04:14 pm (UTC)
minerial spirits come in a square can with a plastic cork kind of lid like paint thinner... it's near housepaint in wal-mart and stuff.

I've lived my brushes in spirits for weeks with no ill effects, though I have a feeling it's not too wise...

I keep my spirits in old jars, one for thinning and one for rinsing brushes.. when it's time to put the brushes up I swoosh them in the rinsing jar and rub them with a papertowel to get off as much of the paint as possible, and then use a brush cleaning soap and running water to get off any more residue.

this is just how I do it, of course, and I'm sure there are other methods completely!

(warning: mineral spirits smell quite intensely, though I think it just adds to the sweet aroma of oil paints)
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