Building and Prepping a Canvas for Painting
Arts & DIY
Building and stretching your own canvas for painting sounds hard, right? It seems so much easier to just buy a pre-fab canvas.... Would you believe that self-made canvases are actually quick and easy?
In this workshop, artist Dean Johnson demonstrates how to put together a canvas and prepare it for painting. He explains all the tools and materials you need, then takes you step-by-step through the process of building and priming a canvas. Dean will help you make your own small canvas, which you can take home with you. You will attach your own stretcher bars, cut your canvas to size, stretch and staple your canvas, and apply a primer coat of gesso.
You will learn all kinds of helpful tips along the way, including how to pick good-quality stretcher bars, how much extra canvas to always factor into your measurements, and even how to deal with canvas sag. After this workshop, you will no longer need to rely on pre-fab canvases. You'll be banging out your own canvases like a pro!
Dean Johnson utilizes a variety of mediums: acrylic paint, pen and ink, and multiple printmaking techniques. He studied Fine Art at Columbia College Chicago, where He earned his Bachelor Degree. His commissions include numerous portrait paintings, as well as postcard designs for theater companies TUTA and Darknight Theatrical Productions; flyer designs for rock band Arch Visceral Parlor and DJ Elle Madelyn; and illustrations for author John Wawrzaszek.