So after doing some research on the expensive shipping prices for large canvases I decided to try to paint on unstretched canvas. This will make shipping much more affordable. For my mom’s gift, I can just ship them and then when I’m down there I can stretch them on stretcher bars. I’m not particularly handy but the stretching of the canvas seems doable- much easier than framing watercolors.
I purchased pre-primed canvas and made a test out of a smaller 16 x 20″ size. That way I don’t waste too much material or time in the event that my stretching is a complete fail. I did a few coats of acrylic washes and I did notice that there are some wrinkles, which concerns me, although it seems like this is normal from what I’ve read. I even tried to iron the canvas but it didn’t really do much. I think the only way to get rid of them completely is during the stretching process. I hope!
I quite like painting this way and I like how once it dries I can roll them up and not have my artwork take over all my living space.
Here’s my kitty smelling the wonderful scent of daphne which are such a treat because they bloom in the winter. I was making a lot of progress with my art in 2018 but then my poor kitty Matisse got a UTI and I had to take a pause for over a week. He’s been doing good ever sense (knock on wood) and hopefully the fancy food that I’ve been giving him will prevent him from getting one again.