In this video, I demonstrate how to apply a coloured ground to a pre-primed canvas using Golden fluid Acrylic.
To learn more about the benefits of painting on a coloured ground, see: How a prepared canvas can drastically improve your paintings
This technique is best for landscapes and still life paintings.
When I’m doing (painting) landscapes, or still life’s, I usually always use Yellow Ochre as a coloured ground.
It has got a nice mid-tone to it, a really lovely warmth to it. It’s cheap and if you move onto Oil painting it dries quickly…
If I were using (painting) portraits, I’d have a lot of subtle ground, so I’d probably use Burnt Umber and Titanium White or Raw Umber and Titanium White, so it is a lot more muted, tonal.
(I use the Umber’s because they are very quick drying in Oil paint, so they are great as an under-painting. You can also use acrylic as an underpainting for oils; make sure you add a touch of water to the acrylics so the oil, in the oil paint, will have a surface to adhere to)
If I put this next to my face that doesn’t look very good, that really bright Yellow Ochre, if you try to judge skin tones, it will all go awry.
So stick to still lives and landscapes with it.
So I’m just using a decorators brush. (Purdy decorators brush, very nice)
And I often paint the edges of my canvas, so I usually start with the edges first.
You see how I go over it to the end I’m quite light with it. To get an even coverage, and I’m looking for all the nooks here to make sure I’ve got no white shining through.
So I’m being quite rough to start with on it because I’m trying to make sure I’m kind of pushing, pushing into the canvas weave.
Okay, so now I check around it, so I haven’t got anymore drips or anything around it on the side and maybe run my brush around it one more time.
And then, on a flat surface.
You’ve got to work reasonably quickly because you don’t want it all to dry too much too quickly.
Once it’s on I, then work back and forward over it.
And then to finish it I go over it quite gently, but just one way.
Over the top and then I overlap it slightly every time I go over it.
A Quick finish on the side, and that’s a toned ground.
Okay so now we’ve got a coloured ground lets get painting!