Artist Issues

Can you draw on canvas with a pencil?

This is one of the most common questions asked by beginners. Every beginner makes a drawing on the canvas before painting. So, the answer is kinda ‘No’

Well, if you are using graphite, then let me tell you that it shows through your painting after you are done with it. Even three layers of oil paint doesn’t hide it but a thick layer of acrylic paint might hide it. So, why take a risk?

Here are a few options:

  1. Grey charcoal pencil (keep it light, do not make heavy strokes)
  2. White charcoal pencil (use after putting down a base coat of paint)
  3. Watercolor pencils (use the same tone/family of colors)
  4. Colored pencils (use light shades)
  • Do not erase on the canvas, at-least try to avoid erasing too much.

Watch video for more info and a time-lapse watercolor painting video.

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By Sylvia DSilva

I'm an Artist, You wouldn't believe I have a M.Tech in IT.
I'm fascinated by Art, Fantasy, Magic, Myth; Yup , I'm a huge Harry Potter fan. I'm a paintbrush and a nail polish addict.
I am Rebellious. I love traveling. I love architecture. I love scuba diving and sea food. I wanna backpack through Europe. I have a tattoo on my wrist with my husband's name on it and a Paintbrush in the same to represent ME.
Oh yeah, I cry while watching an emotional scene in a movie, I cry after a visit to an orphanage BUT it doesn't mean I'm weak. I'm one of the strongest people I know.
I'm a proud Army wife, I've lived in Jungles and had Elephants ruin my kitchen garden; I see chitals, Nilgais, Hornbills, Peacocks, and many more on a daily basis. I've had experiences No Civilian would ever have in their life.
The only thing I hate is people telling me what to do and how to live my life, when I don't really need their opinion.

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