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Surface Preparation: Sizing & Gesso

Colin Mitchell from Opus Langley demonstrates how easy it is to take control of your artwork right from the start by sizing and priming your canvas with gesso. Using a combination of Golden's GAC 400 and 100 for the size and our own Opus Gesso, Colin ensures his canvas will stand the test of time. Watch the video and learn how you can begin taking those extra steps towards a completely customized final piece.

Read our newest How-To handout Surface Preparation for more details on the painting grounds used for sizing and priming your surfaces.

Want to customize your canvas further? Start right from the beginning and watch our video, How To: Stretch a Canvas for further information.

Materials as shown in this video:
Custom Stretched #10 Duck Canvas
Opus Gesso
Golden Polymer GAC400
Golden Polymer GAC100
Gamblin PVA Size
Gamblin Rabbit Skin Glue
Opus Golden Wash Brush
Golden Black Gesso
Liquitex Clear Gesso
Golden Artist Fluid Acrylics


Great information - I had no idea that sizing a canvas was important even for acrylic painting. None of my art instructors ever mentioned it.

Great video and lots of information. Thank you! Would love to see one on varnishing acrylic paintings. How to and what to use, what type of brush etc.

Thanks Patricia! We have spoken about creating a video re. the whys and hows of varnishing paintings so it's great you've requested it. It's not on our schedule yet but perhaps towards the fall/winter - stay tuned! :)

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