Recycling your bad paintings:
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” - Vincent van Gogh
“I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” - Vincent van Gogh
Today I am recycling my canvases using Gamblin Ground. These are what is left of about 25 "bad" paintings that I did that were completely dried, Today Jackie and I sanded them down slightly and I covered them up with white ground in order to re-use the canvas panel.
Step 1- Sanding.
Step 4. Lay the new white panels out to dry.
Step 5 - A blank canvas again!(Note: Sometimes it is rough, but that is okay with some paintings!)
Making Linen PanelsNow for how to make some panels from scratch...
Some of my panels are bought already made just for the convenience. I love Ray Mar, Source Tek and other brands of quality linen pre-made products but I don't always buy them because Jackie makes most of mine for me in his shop. It saves a lot of money.
To make our own panels we buy Claessens Belgium Linen #66 single primed that is great for landscape paintings. It is in 82 inch rolls from Jerry's Artorama.
The cost: An 82" long roll has 6 yards on it, which converts to over 117 sq ft. and it costs around $300 so that means a 12x12 section costs about $3.00 each. But of course we make various sized panels that he cuts and uses Miracle Muck to adhere them to 1/4" tempered hardboard- smooth or sealed on both sides for small panels. It is sometimes referred to as Masonite. Miracle Muck is about $14 a liter. A 4'x8' sheet only costs about $14! So a homemade 12x12 linen on panel costs around $3.50!
How we make new linen panels:
Cover in Miracle Muck and smooth out with a sponge brush:
Covered completely in Miricle Muck and ready for the linen:
Linen is cut approx 1/4- 1/2 inch larger than each side of the panel. Shown is a 9x12 panel and the linen was cut larger to allow for shrinkage. The linen is placed with the white side (paint surface) down and raw linen up: Then roll on the back of the hardboard....
and then roll the front -linen side up- to remove air bubbles and smooth the surface.
Once they are dry they are trimmed from the back side with a Fisker round roller blade on a mat.
That's it! New canvases!
Thanks and please feel free to ask questions or offer your own ideas in the comments section below!
Happy fearless painting, everybody!