A sur­face to paint

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The most com­mon sur­faces to paint on are can­vas, linen and wood. You’ll need to prime the sur­face with a gesso or ground to pre­vent the acids in the paint from con­tact­ing it di­rectly. Acrylic gesso is easy to use and can be ap­plied with a brush or roller.

Raw linen be­fore it’s been sized or primed. Ex­pen­sive, but has a beau­ti­ful tex­ture, and is strong. Pa­per from Arches that has been sized for oil paint­ing. A wood hard­board panel is cheap and smooth, and easy to make.

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