Why to prime a canvas with Alexander Lumsden?
Priming your canvas with Graduate Gesso Primer or using an acrylic artboard protects it from too much absorption.
If you mix your Gesso Primer up-front with the most common colour in the composition, you save time and effort in finishing your artwork. Add your highlights, details and shadows afterwards.
Always start with the edges and side, then fill the middle of the canvas and finish off with horizontal brush strokes to get an even and consistent surface.
Let your base coat and Gesso mix dry for 15-30 minutes, depending on the thickness.
Tip: You can prime cardboard for your sketches and drafts to save money before moving onto canvas.