How to Prepare Cardboard for Acrylic Painting || Art Tips


How to Prepare Cardboard for Acrylic Painting. I’m showing you how to prepare a piece of cardboard for painting. Cardboard works for both acrylic and oil painting and you might want to use it instead of canvas, board, wood or paper to save money or to be more environmentally friendly.

• cardboard
• *acrylic gesso
• brushes
• sponge
• sand paper

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I get my cardboard from used paper blocks, for example. If you paint straight onto the cardboard, it will soak up the paint and you’ll have the paint many layers to achieve opaque colors. So, it’s best to prime the cardboard first using gesso. The gesso I use is white, Liquitex Basics acrylic gesso. But if you want the color of the cardboard to show after priming it, you can use clear gesso or some other transparent acrylic medium instead.

Use a large, flat brush or a sponge to apply the gesso. Two layers are usually recommended. One vertical and one horizontal. And then just let the gesso dry before painting on it. The instructions of this gesso say to let it dry for 24 hours, but I don’t always wait that long. If you think the surface is too rough, you can also sand it down lightly after it’s dry.

Oil Painting on PRIMED vs. UNPRIMED Cardboard:

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