a surface for your painting project can be overwhelming.
painters most commonly use canvas. Canvas needs to be stretched
and primed with Gesso. It’s available at art and craft stores
in just about any size. If you want an unusual size or shape, you
can buy the supplies and stretch it yourself with stretcher bars
can be done on anything textile. Don’t restrict yourself to
t-shirts! Anything can be painted!
generally paint on watercolor paper. It’s taped to a surface
and then wet with soft brushes. It comes in different thicknesses
which are measured by pound weight.
old metal, new metal, painted metal or raw. Metal can be prepped
with a sealer so that paint adheres to it, or there’s paint
that does that for you.
– There’s even special paint for things like this to
last outside such as terra cotta pots and concrete.
Lightweight, inexpensive, easily painted with acrylics. My favorite
surface as a decorative painter, is wood. It is available in all
shapes and kinds. Generally, there are 3 kinds most available in
- Pine is
soft and the grain is a little darker.
is harder with a little less grain, so a very nice surface for
ply is thinner, which is sometimes necessary for a project. Ply
is made with layered wood so you can see stripes on the edges.
Sometimes this is something to consider with a specific project.
When shopping for wood, check
for its roughness. The more sanding it requires, the longer the
Also check for knot holes.
I love knot holes, but don’t want them where my focal point
is. Grandma’s portrait certainly wouldn’t look good
with a knot hole in her cheek!
Lastly, if it’s at all
possible, find out if the wood is kiln dried. If it is, there’s
much less chance it will crack or warp, which insures a long lasting