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Daily Painting Challenge: Preparing my Canvas

As I launch my fine art business, I decided that I needed to add in some components that help me stay focused on both my art and my business.

Looking at the art side, I decided to make the commitment to paint "daily paintings".

I wanted to still work on canvas, but I wanted to make them small and easy to do and also be able to market them at a good price.

So I decided that I would purchase raw canvas, cut it up and prime it for painting.

The size I decided on for each painting is 15 cm x 15 cm (app. 6" x 6โ€), and so I cut up my canvas to around 22 cm squares.

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Laying them all out onto a tarp the fun started as I gessoed the canvas 3 times with a light sand in between each coat.

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It took time to let them dry between coats and I did have the tarp over my large kitchen island which was ideal for space but it was a pain if you wanted you to the kitchen.

I did the first coat horizontally, sanded the next coat vertically and sanded and the last either depending on how the canvas looked ie was it showing lines either way?

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It was time-consuming but as I did it in between other tasks it was fun to do and satisfying. Plus a bonus it created an economical medium to paint but still a quality product to give to your customers as a primed unstretched canvas can be mounted and presented in frames etc.
Here's my stack of canvas ready to paint. Totally Awesome!!

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Here are a couple of paintings that I have created using the canvas that I cut up and primed.

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