Art in its entirety allows the artist to express his own inner world, either through a sculpture or using painting. However, if sculpting requires a superior talent, those who feel the need to express a state of mind or all their creativity can do it by painting. With this short guide, we see how to approach painting on canvas, how to start painting right away and what are the main steps to get a result worthy of praise.
Colors in tempera or oil
To paint on canvas it is necessary to obtain all the necessary material: oil colors, palette, brushes, spatulas, solvents, mediums, ie liquids that mix with the color favor the drying and a support on which to paint. The colors that the artists used to make are now easy to find in specialized shops; you can also decide whether to use them directly or dilute them with turpentine. If yours is the first experiment, it will be enough to buy white, black, permanent green, vermilion red, yellow ocher, burnt Sienna, Prussian blue and pink garment lacquer. On the palette, the colors must be distributed from yellow to black with white in the center. Finally, as far as the brushes are concerned, I recommend only bristle brushes, taking care to clean them first with turpentine (or with other solvents such as turpentine) and then with the Marseille soap at the end of each job.
On any support you want to use, whether it is canvas, plywood, canvasboard or hardboard, you have to check that the brush stroke is smooth. To do this it is advisable to prepare a paste of glue and gypsum on them through the primer. This operation is essential for the success of a good job, since the oil painting would not withstand the variation of tension due to drying. On the market it is very difficult to find a canvas that has not been previously treated, since almost all the supports are designed and already prepared to immediately receive the painting.