How to Prepare Your Canvas before Painting on it

How to Prepare Your Canvas before Painting on it

Painting With Yovette, How to Prepare Canvas before Painting on it Well Good Morning, Oh
gorgeous day in Oregon! My name is Yovette from My Magic Brushes,
and today I’m going to show you how to prepare a canvas before painting on it.
So here I just have a small canvas. What I do, I turn it over, remove anything that
it might have on the back, take a spray bottle of just plain water, spray the
back, and what this is gonna do it’s gonna tighten the canvas up because normally
when you get a new canvas, they’re pretty loose and wobbly. So just take and spread
this around, spread the water around, and that’s it. Just let that dry. So the
canvas is now prepared on the back. And to do the front, usually a new canvas
is pretty rough, that is if you’re getting a more inexpensive canvas. The
expensive ones are very smooth. But what you do, I have a block with some sand
paper on it, and all you do is start little circles. And all you’re doing is taking off
that very sharp tooth. And then with just a Jersey cloth, I use an old hubby’s
t-shirt cut up in pieces, and you just wipe off the dust, and that’s all there
is to that. And you can just feel, just a magnificent difference! So then I just
take some white gesso, I have a foam brush, just hit both sides of it, load
both sides of the foam brush, and just go over the canvas, and all you’re doing is
you’re sealing this paint, sealing this on a canvas, so that the paint will not
bleed through. It also makes it much much smoother.
Very easy to do, very simple, and it’ll make your canvas so much nicer to paint
on. One of the biggest benefits is that it will actually save your brushes. So
you won’t have to buy so many brushes, because they really get ruined on a
rough canvas. Okay, so now your canvas is completely
ready for painting on. And see, that didn’t take very long at all, and it’ll
make such a difference when you go to paint on it. So anyway, try it out, see
what you think. Well, I hope you enjoyed today’s lesson as much as I did. Thank
you for joining me, and please come back again. Bye bye


  • MrKrenath says:

    Nice video, Yovette! Hope you had a great vacation!

  • Debbie Droog says:

    Do you have to do the spraying, sanding and priming when you have a double primed canvas? That's what I work with but they're pretty loose. Thanks you for the video!

  • Andrew says:

    Hi Yovette, what's the difference between gesso and acrylic? I don't have any gesso but would this work ok if it were acrylic paint?

  • Fatema Mandsour says:

    hey! your videos are pretty amazing And way too helpful please do keep sharing.
    thank you!

  • nae nancy evans says:

    Hello from Pleasant Hill Oregon!

  • Patricia Christian says:

    Why do I have to paint with gesso on canvas ? Does it make easier to paint with oil painting on gesso on canvases?🎨👵🏼🤟🏻

  • Shikha Shrivastava says:

    Thanks a lot.

  • Patricia Christian says:

    I thank you for your teaching I never knew how to prepare the canvas You are an excellent teacher! See that I am deaf- muted so I knew nothing about painting until You teaches me so much I am anxious to open your show so I can learn how to paint your tutorials I’ve been practicing to paint around 10 pictures which I am proud to understand my talents I even teaches my granddaughter Katie 15 years old Thank you so much God bless you and your beautiful talents 🤟🏻👵🏼🎨

  • June Proudfoot says:

    Yes we can see all your moves with your camera in your present position. I love the way you show us how to paint. You are relaxed and friendly with a little giggle now and then. What I do appreciate is you take your time in what you do. THANK YOU


  • Elizabeth Ponniah says:

    You are an awesome pleasant teacher with a beautiful skill/talent to teach a beginner/intermediate like me. You speak well and that makes it easy to follow your instructions. Awesome videos Yovette. Please do not stop your work. I am sure there are many like me who value what you do. Liz Ponniah.

  • Lucille Wong says:

    Thank you,it was very clear and helpfull👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  • Mundo De Arte says:

    Thank you for this very helpful hint!! Love your channel. ❤️❤️❤️

  • J P says:

    Oh wow you’re from Oregon! My bro in law is from Washington – he and my sis’ fam lives in Atlanta (our home town) I love mount Rainer scenery and northern lights!
    This is great info to know! (I actually enjoy sanding haha it’s fun – I make farmhouse ladders)

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