Paint techniques

Reusing Old Canvases

Hey everybody! Remember my bird paintings that Elizabeth posted a while ago? Remember the hummingbird one? If you don’t, here it is:

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Personally, I didn’t think it’s one of my better paintings, also I needed more canvas, so what did I do? I painted over it! I know, it seems like a felony to paint over one of your masterpieces, but if you really don’t like a painting, painting over it is the best way to recycle it.

So first, I got out Daler Rowney Simply Acrylic White paint, (if you don’t remember, its the same stuff Elizabeth used to touch up her tiger. Full article here) a large brush, and my canvas.

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I then squirted the white paint all over my canvas.

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And used the big brush to spread it around.

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Paint the sides with the white paint and you’re done!

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You can add more layers of white paint if you want to get rid of the previous art completely, but I chose to only do one coat to let some of the blue background show though. I think it gives the canvas a more weathered look.

That’s all for now! We love to hearing from you, so leave a comment or two in the comment section and keep on the lookout for new posts!

~Elizabeth and Kathleen

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6 thoughts on “Reusing Old Canvases

  1. Kathleen here! Thanks G-MA Kerry! This painting was really hard to give up but it was my least favorite of the paintings I made so it was the obvious choice for me. I messed up on the hummingbird painting as you can see if you look closely at the pictures. I attempted to paint a flower but did not succeed. I ended up painting over it but it was still visible. So I reused the canvas!

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