Thursday, October 03, 2013

cheap comes at a cost

Awhile ago, Bennie and I bought some art supplies at a local-not-so-local art supply store. We grabbed a couple brushes each, varying sizes of small-ish canvases, a Dr. Who Vanishing-Reappearing Tardis mug and a few other small things to aid our studio explorations. As we were tallying up at the register, the very helpful cashier noted that we could get a bunch of the canvases we'd chosen cheaper and in two-packs. Sure! Why not? Save money where we can ~ especially on these discretionary spending sprees (as in: It ain't roast beef, Martha! Put it back!). We all enjoyed a Happy Moment. The cashier proud to have saved us money and we were just happy to have saved money. It's the little things after tea and scones.

Now. I've waited a long time to use some of these canvases for Flora Bowley's Bloom True painting e-course. Laying down cash for a quality course, using quality paints and hi-speed internet doesn't call for crappy canvas. Which is what I bought. Cheap. The grain of the canvas isn't smooth, not in the least. So after doing the voodoo that is Flora Bowley-like, I had to blot off the excess paint (which wasn't even adhering to the canvas surface ~ in fact, it was more like resist painting on the entire surface). My easy, not-so-cheap-fix for this surface was to apply a coat of matte medium on the entire canvas after the paint was blotted and dry. If nothing else, I've added another layer to the piece.

Moral of the story? Cheap comes at a cost.

This first piece was done w/ acrylic on some pretty good Dick Blick Student Grade stretched canvas.

This blind dancing canvas was also the Dick Blick product mentioned above.

Now, this here is a Winsor & Newton Universal Canvas Economy twin-pak after coating it with matte medium and then applying the acrylic paints. A fair save at least.

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