Home Discussions Career and Art Business How do you prepare a canvas for acrylic paint without gesso?

  • Gopika Nandan

    February 26, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    Any acrylic paint can be used to prep a canvas if you don’t have a gesso. Gesso has a chalk-like flat finish and if you prep without it.

    I will suggest that you would mix a neutral middle value of acrylic paint and apply it to the canvas.

    Lightly sand and apply another coat of paint and repeat.

    • Aleena Paul

      February 28, 2022 at 10:09 am

      That was helpful.

  • Robert Abraham

    March 1, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Gesso is pretty inexpensive and is used to change the surface quality, the canvas surface becomes smooth. So instead of using acrylic, I prefer sticking with gesso.

  • Mudasir Hussain

    April 7, 2022 at 1:53 am

    you can go with plastic emulation paint water base which we use for walls

  • daniel deschamps

    July 15, 2022 at 5:19 am

    I spray the canvas with warm water for a few seconds then let it dry