I rather use linen canvas. It is stronger
and it lasts longer. But of course we also have to prepare the
canvas. We first start by placing the keys in the
holes of the back of the frame. One takes the short side, not the long side,
and places them inside. Same thing here.
You place the short side against the frame and you tap it slightly in the beginning. Next I want to tighten the canvas by tappinglightly on all wedges in each corner.
Like this. See, this is how it feels. Feels good. Don’t tap too much on it.
And that is all you need. Now the next step is this.
The next thing I do is to, actually, smoothen the canvas a bit by using a fairly rough sandpaper.
Just to get the most obvious unevenness out of the way. After having smoothed the surface by use of the sandpaper I am going to apply a layer of gesso. Not everyone wants to do that or needs to
do that, but I like to have a very smooth surface.
So here we go. A pot of gesso. It needs some shaking so it is all very well
mixed up. So you cover the whole surface very well,
so the holes in the structure are covered. Smooth it out a bit.
then I use this apparatus, which is actually And then I use this apparatus, which is actually used for masonry, to make a smooth surface.
Take off all the superfluous. After having applied this layer of gesso I
just have it dried for a while. A couple of hours. And then I use the sandpaper again. This time a finer one to make the surface
even smoother. Now it is nice and smooth.
Specially for portraits, but also for still lifes.