Did you know that Canvas Corp offers a wide range of stretched canvases without gesso? Gesso, you know, that white stuff you find already added to stretched canvases when you buy them. Well Canvas Corp decided to offer their canvases without the gesso, providing you with unlimited options for what you can do with them. Here are a few things that you can do on raw canvases that you cannot do on primed canvases. Oh and you can add your own gesso in the places you want it. Gesso is not a bad thing, it actually allows you to paint right onto it and the paint won’t absorb into the canvas, but sometimes that is just what we want to happen.
1. Misting onto the canvas…
Here are a few other supplies used: Large Ornate Banner Chipboard, Sparkle Stucco, Gel Medium, Roses and Flat-back Pearls.
3. Natural canvas background…
Ann of ducttapeanddenim.com brings together natural elements on this beautiful canvas. Gesso is generally bright white, so achieving this natural look is just not possible.
4. Stamp, stencil or rub-on directly onto the canvas….
Emilia Van Den Huevel created this sweet canvas. The soft colors of mist that blend right into the canvas and the stars are a great example of the ability to stamp, stencil or use a rub-on directly onto the canvas and it takes on the look and feel of the canvas blending into the canvas and not sitting on the top.
5. Distress the canvas to make it look old….
Shelley Haganman started by distressing the background to make the canvas look vintage and it looks like the canvas has been around for a very long time. You can do this with distress inks, mists or other natural color.
6. To gesso or not to gesso….
You can add gesso and other mediums to get the look you want and you can decide how much or little you want to add. Crew member Danielle Mack added lots of texture to create the background giving it so much depth.
7. Use a wide range of mediums and let some of the canvas show through….
Evelyn Walter uses many different techniques and layers and the mediums seem to be a part of the canvas and not just sitting on top.
8. Add additional natural elements to the canvas and then transform the color and add mediums…
Jennifer Hottinger-Sloan wrapped the canvas with cords and then added her color and layers. The cords and the canvas become one background that adds a terrific look for the base of her canvas.
9. Turn it around and decorate the backside, the rough unfinished edges look terrific…
Linda Svendsen turned the canvas backwards and filled it right up. The raw edges are a great way to start a rustic, shabby look and take on new personality when painted and mediums are added.
10. Do paper techniques that are not always possible when gesso is pre-applied…
Lynn Good created a very unique background, using the fibers and the natural material to her advantage.
11. You are starting with a shabby chic look before you do anything…
The colors are so soft in the beautiful canvas by Peggy Lee Baker. The natural canvas allows your colors to be very natural and set the tone.
12. Add gesso where you want the paint to really stand out….
Shel C shows us how to make it so bright, colorful and have so much dimension.
To see the entire selection of canvases offered jump over to the shop. Many of the sizes are available in a regular and a chunky version. You will also see burlap and many of the same techniques will apply to natural burlap too.
To see many more canvases with so many great ideas – visit our Canvas Corp Brands Crew Page – the crew each made a canvas that represents their personal style and they also are showing off amazing ideas when working with canvas. How about a mini canvas class…..something you students or customers can take home with them.