A properly stretched canvas is not only easy to work with, it can also ensure the longevity of the artwork. There are paintings hundreds of years old that have survived because of proper preparation and care.
In this video, Larry Withers demonstrates step by step the proper procedures for assembling, stretching and priming artist canvas. Techniques include priming canvas for oil painting using traditional rabbit skin glue sizing, as well as more contemporary products. Also demonstrated is priming for acrylic painting using modern acrylic gesso.
The program is divided into several chapters. The introduction focuses on the principles behind and importance of proper canvas preparation. In the next chapter, Withers reviews the necessary materials and tools. This is followed by a section on assembling and stretching the canvas. The next two chapters focus on priming, one using oil primer and the other acrylic gesso. A separate chapter also addresses preparing small painting panels. Finally, Withers presents how to properly handle and care for artist canvas.
Included on this disc is a downloadable PDF file of the materials and tools list.