How to's, Tips & advice

Why prime a canvas with Alexander Lumsden?

Tip 1: Priming your canvas with Graduate Gesso Primer or using an acrylic artboard protects it from too much absorption.

Tip 2: 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.

Tip 3: 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.

Tip 4: Let your base coat and Gesso mix dry for 15-30 minutes, depending on the thickness.

Tip 5: You can prime cardboard for your sketches and drafts to save money before moving onto canvas.

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About the artist

Alexander Lumsden is a Scandinavian sculptor, painter and creative facilitator based in the UK. A lifelong painter and sculptor, Lumsden has exhibited nationally and internationally in a number of commercial, public and artist-led spaces.