What is the best way to paint a canvas a single color, without having any visible brushstrokes?
November 7, 2004 7:42 AM Subscribe
What is the best way to paint a large section of a canvas a single color, without having any visible brushstrokes? [More inside]
posted by profwhat to Media & Arts (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My tastes is artwork definitely run toward the abstract and the geometric--art that has large, contiguous shapes of a single color, kind of like what Mondrian
did. I am under the (perhaps philistine) view that the actual technique involved in putting paint on a canvas in a perfect rectangle can't be all that hard. I have lots of empty walls to decorate in my new pad, so I want to just buy some canvases (a big, pre-strecthed pre-primed canvas is only $20!) and make my own simple geometric art.
But in my trial runs, it's been tougher than I thought. I haven't held a paintbrush since elementary school, and back then I think I was only working with watercolors. I bought some test canvas and a starter set of brushes and acrylic paints. The brushwork is very visible. I can't lay down an even, large section of paint; it's more like I'm just smearing around colored paste. It is uneven. I've got to be doing something wrong here. The effect I am looking for is a single, solid block of even paint.
So what's the best way to accomplish this goal? Airbrushes? Spraypaint? Or do I stick with acrylics and just thin the paint more?