Wendys painting and surfaces workshop

This workshop has been extremely useful in making me think about the materials I am using to create a canvas, right down to the surface I am painting on.

Different primers

  • oil based primer
  • rabbit skin glue- the ethical issues
  • gesso/ acrylic based
  • homemade gesso
  • synthetic clear sealant
  • no primer?


  • canvas
  • linen
  • cotton fabric
  • other mixed fabrics
  • overlaying materials and fabrics
  • tin/ copper
  • glass
  • paper
  • wood board
  • plywood
  • mdf board

Artists looked at

  • sigmar polke
  • helene appel
  • ben senior
  • Lara Viana- oil based primer
  • bill Lynch- painting onto wood letting surface come through


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