Paper or Canvas – that is the question! 

I often get asked is Canvas or Paper better to paint/draw on. The answer is simple…….. it depends on what you want to draw or paint! There are so many options and there are so many things you need to consider. I’m going to show you what I use and how I use it to help you make a good decision for yourself.

Sketching/Drawing

For practice drawing and sketching you want to have a smooth paper. So a hot pressed paper that isn’t too thick. Anything up to 120gsm is pretty good. The thickness of the paper will still give you a quality feel to your sketch and the hot press will give you a smooth finish. The smoother the paper, the cleaner your lines will be which will give you a more realistic look.

My current art journal is less than 100gsm and is not suitable for anything other than sketching. Below is a picture of an Orca that I drew in my journal. If you try to use other medias (paint of watercolour) on this type of paper it will wrinkle and curl. It damages the paper and if you do that, there’s no saving it.

Mixed Media Paper 250 gsm +

The below sketch is a graphite on 250gsm mixed media paper. This paper is meant to handle Acrylic paint well, but water colour is a bit of a stretch. I love it to print my prints on to beacause it has a bit of texture just like a canvas and it gives the print a really good quality look and feel.


The above picture is a print of my original Acrylic painting printed on to 250gsm paper.

Cold Pressed Cotton Paper

A cold press paper is rough, it has what is called ‘tooth’. It is ideal if you like that bumpy, textured feel and look to your painting. I personally don’t like to draw on this type of paper. I love to paint on it! I use a 300gsm cold press cotton paper with my acrylics. You get a matte finish with the textured finish of a canvas. The cotton paper is actually made for water colour paint because it can handle the wet application without creasing and folding. I don’t have watercolours so I use my acrylic on it and it performs beautifully.


Both Rose and Wattle have been painted on this cold press cotton paper. As you can see, it performs wonderfully!

Stretched Canvas

There are several types of canvas you can get. The main types are stretched canvas, canvas board and canvas paper. Of these three I haven’t used the canvas paper but it is on my rather long list of things to try. I prefer to use a stretched canvas. I like the bounce back it gives you. Both types of canvas have a tooth (bumpy texture) that I love! The stretched canvas you don’t frame but hang as is.

Above is an acrylic Painting is on a stretched canvas of Saundersfoot Beach. This is my favourite material to paint on.

Canvas Board

For my original painting of my Light house I did it on a canvas board. As you can see from the below picture that it performs much like a stretched canvas. It has a tooth, although not as deep. It is an easy and cheaper way to start painting. They come in all sorts of sizes and packs. You can frame them easily too.


To see all of my work that is for sale, go to me etsy store. https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist

If you have any questions message me or follow me on instagram www.instagram.com/chrissyturley30 and find me on Facebook www.facebook.com/chrissyturleyartist where I will have live drawing and painting demos every week. I also have 2 competitions currently running on both pages.

I hope you liked my tips for how to choose the right material to paint or draw on. Come back next week for more!

Cheers

Chrissy xxxx

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Day 27 and 28 – 30 Days of Art.

Here is my painting of the Monmouthshire/Brecon canal near cwmbran, Wales. ​This is the first step of my painting process. I’ve sketched out roughly where everything is going to be and I started with the background first. It’s much easier to work from the background to the foreground when painting. You can create a lot of depth and distance by getting this technique right. 


Next is a small video of me doing some of the trees. If you watch closely, I’m using a very light pressure on the paint brush and just adding a few dark leaves to form the shape of he tree. 


And here is more of the water done before the last push to completing this Acrylic painting on stretched canvas. 


Prints of this painting are available in my etsy store https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist.

I am currently running 2 competitions on my Instagram and Facebook pages so go check those out and you could your choice of free prints! I hope you are enjoying my painting and sketches develop. If you would like me to attempt anything new, please message or comment! I’ll try my best with anything. 

Cheers 

Chrissy xxx

In the spot light! 

My latest Acrylic painting on stretched canvas of the Monmouthshire/Brecon Canal. We walk along the canal often and my partner rides to and from work along the canal. He took the reference photo for this painting. It’s slightly bigger than an A4 size of paper. 

For the Original (£30 +postage) or a print (£17 + postage) please go to my Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist


I hope you like my latest painting! If you would like to keep up-to-date with my latest paintings, Graphite sketches and the competitions I have running at the moment like me on Facebook and follow me on Instagram

Cheers

Chrissy xxxx

Painting of the Day – Solitude 

Today I will be placing my painting of Solitude in the spot light.  Love this painting. I love the ‘quietness’ of it. The thought of being in a cabin somewhere remote under a beautiful night sky all alone makes me feel calm and relaxed. 

What would you do if you had the chance to get away? I’d be reading, hiking and just generally letting my mind wander. Of course I’d have my camera and my art journal with me. I wouldn’t want to miss anything inspiration that I would find.

If you would like to purchase Solitude, here is the direct link to my etsy listing. 

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/526542675/solitude-original-acrylic-painting?ref=shop_home_active_14

If you would like to keep up to date with my art journey, I invite you to follow me on instagram at www.instagram.com/chrissyturley30 

Thanks for reading, 

Chrissy xxxx

Day 4 – Art Journal Entries

The beach. Oh, how I love it. The sound of the waves, dogs being walked, kids having fun. It’s one of my favourite places to be. 

Saundersfoot beach has a special place in our families hearts. It’s so peaceful and pretty. We go to the same hotel every time we go. We enjoy the long walks and the fact that it’s not too touristy…..yet. 

For the top left Canvas I used acrylic paint and used only the 3 colours Orange, Blue and White to create the whole piece. It is part of my 3 Colour Challenge Series where I limit my paintings to use only 3 colours. Having to mix colours and create new tones and shades using only 3 colours can really test an Artist. 

The purchase either of the two top peices of art or see any of my works you can visit my etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist

If you would like to be kept up to date with everything I’m doing please follow me on instagram – www.instagram.com/chrissyturley30

Thanks for reading, 

Chrissy xxx

Day 3 – 30. Day art journal

Isabelle’s eyes! This kid of mine is just amazing. She’s sweet and kind and clever. And her eyes just as amazing. So, I’m not great at faces. I do need to work on them – a lot! I’m breaking them down to components and then I’ll try to put them all together. 


Here are my angels eyes, not perfectly done but I don’t think it’s a bad go. I especially love the purple eye were I have only used red, blue and white Acrylic paint to produce this. I am fascinated with only using 3 colours to create a painting. 

If you would like to continue checking out my work follow me on instagram: www.instagram.com/chrissyturley30 and if you’d like to see what paintings I have available for sale you can look at my etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist

Cheers,

Chrissy xx

My first blog post as an Artist.

I decided to take the plunge and become a professional artist. Here you will be able to follow me through the highs and lows of becoming an artist and in my life.  So here goes nothing! You can purchase this price and many others on my etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist

And follow me on instagram here: www.instagram.com/chrissyturley30

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