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Hi, I just want to ask if there's a way I could replace that expensive pint of acrylic gesso to prime my canvas? Art supplies here at my place suddenly had a huge price increase and the only available Gesso Primer I could find is Php700+, that would be more or less $17 a pint. D:

Replies are very much appreciated. :D

PS: My wallet is angry at me now. ToT


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chrisbasques Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
elow.....meron ba pweding tumulong sakin dito?... I'm not an art student, so i do not have any knowledge about painting. But I want to learn how to Paint...sobrang gastos pla ng Hobby na ito :)......from brush,paint,canvas and now itong GESSO.... nag search ako about dito., and after 2 days of searching,. natagpuan ko kau, (mga tagalog speaker :) )..

... i have a lot question regardings sa mga gamit,alternative materials and also sa mga word/term.

1st. what is sizing? :)
2. pwedi bang alternative yung semi-gloss paint sa gesso kapag acrylic paint gamit?.
3. parehas lang ba yung acrylic for painting sa acrylic na boysen?....(anu po ba pinagkaiba)..
4. pwede po bang alternative na gamitin as canvas is yung telang Katya?.

waiting for your responce.
any reply regarding this questions are higly appreciated.

....cnxa na masyado akong tipid...
pa PM nlng po ako sa FB.
chris basques...

more thanks
yantotzkie Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
You can just buy a primed canvas nalang or you can try Maries Gesso, I think it's the cheapest, Php 300+ sa Deovir. It's not advisable sa oil paints pero kung acrylic, okay lang siguro.

3 - Limited lang knowledge ko sa acrylics, to be honest. Sorry!
4 - Okay lang, though pag nilagyan mo ng primer minsan uneven yung surface. Pag ganon, i-liha mo nalang saka mga 4+ layers siguro yung primer bago ka magsimula sa painting mo. Depende din kung gusto mo smooth yung surface ng canvas or mas preferred mo may konting texture.
P-Chan00 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
flat latex paint. or semi-gloss, depending on your medium.

source: that's what i use. :))
yantotzkie Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
I was also thinking about buying latex but I'm afraid I might sacrifice the quality of the canvas... Is it really okay to use? baka kasi mag-crack, or di naman? salamat! :D
P-Chan00 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well, it depends sa thickness ng pag-apply mo. 2 or 3 layers' is fine.

oh wait. here's a cheap gesso alternative crash course:

flat latex: too absorbent, and advisable lang pag na-size ng maayos [i.e. rabbit skin glue or other ways of sizing the canvas]. Nag-ka-crack din pag maraming layers na and/or nabend/nawarp unexpectedly yung canvas. Maganda gamitin if may plywood backing.

semi gloss' not so absorbent and it is flexible. Most ideal alternative for oils and acrylics [for me :lol:]

lastly, gloss. nah, don't even think about it. ayaw kumapit ng paint sa ganun :)

[based on experience lahat so... personal lahat ng info. i hope it helps tho :)]
yantotzkie Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
LOL Thank you very much for this cheap-gesso-alternative crash course! Gives me a lot of things to consider. Thanks! Latex semi-gloss, noted! :D I might be off to buy it later. Subukan ko muna sa maliit na canvas para makita ko results. XD

Thanks again. Ugh, I should've really taken an art course. Are you an art student? Thanks for your help! :glomp: :D
P-Chan00 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes i am, and i regret being one.
they don't teach us sh*t there. almost all of the things i know are self taught/internet/friends' advices.

you might find semi-gloss hard at first though.

last tip: what i do is apply a layer of flat latex coat and when it dries off, sand it. [but not too much tho] then apply a thin layer of semi-gloss latex.

well... experiment on small canvases na lang until may magustuhan kang texture :)
yantotzkie Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
No, you shouldn't regret it. At least you have friends with the same interests as you. I've been painting for 1 and a half year already and I still have a lot of things to discover coz basically, I barely know anyone who paints or is artistically inclined in real life. Google helps but doing all these stuffs alone or without someone who can relate to what I'm doing feels a little "empty". XD Just a little, though...

Thanks for the advice. Honestly, this is one of the very few chances I get an advice from someone regarding these stuffs (except from what I get from google), so yeah, thank you and goodluck to your studies and my canvas as well. :D
TazPoltorak Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
I haven't got much to recommend; you work with oils, don't you? I buy pre-primed canvasses, may be it could be an option to consider. You could also check what's available online.
yantotzkie Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
I also bought some pre-primmed canvases before but I'm planning to work on a 4-feet canvas so I guess I have to make a customized one. :D Thanks for the comment, though. :D
TazPoltorak Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
it's hard to talk about cheap when you are working with a 4-foot canvas
yantotzkie Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
LOL I know, but at least a bit cheaper than the usual will do. :)
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