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

Day 29 and 30 – 30 Days of Art

Well I’ve finally finished, nearly 30 days of non stop drawing or painting! The final piece in my this Challenge is a portrait of my family. My world. My life. The reason I am who I am. 

When I started 30+ days ago, the extent of my drawing abilities was not great. 


A drawing I did a few weeks prior to starting this challenge. I am so utterly proud of how far my graphite drawings have come. I’m so happy with what I’ve achieved. Before this art journal challenge I would never have called myself an Artist. Now I do. I know I have a skill and talent that I can improve on, and how far I’ve come in just 30 short days is just amazing. 

It should prove to all of you, that if you put your mind to it, you can do anything!

If you would like to view my current work for sale, please go to my Etsy store. https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist

I have 2 competitions running on my Facebook and Instagram pages so go check those out as well! 

Cheers and thank you for watching me grow over the last 30 days!

Chrissy xxx

Day 26 – 30 Days of Art

We have more lip practice today. I’m really proud of how far I’ve come. No matter how far I still have to go. I am really loving Graphite. It gets a little messy but I love it. For the next 4 days of my 30 Day Art Challenge I will be producing 2 pieces. One Acrylic Landscape of Stretched Canvas and one Family Graphite Portrait. I’m really excited to see how they come out. 

If you would like to see all of my the pieces that I have created, go to my etsy shop – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist

I have 2 competitions running in my Facebook and Instagram pages. Go and check them out for your chance to win a free print! 

https://www.facebook.com/chrissyturleyartist

https://www.instagram.com/chrissyturley30

Cheers,

Chrissy 

Day 25 – 30 Days of Art

Another graphite sketch today. This time of my little man. He’s just adorable. We were walking along the sugar loaf mountain when we took this photo. I really love the way the graphite blends and becomes smooth. It takes a little practice, and a lot of time but it’s totally worth it.  Here is some more of my work. 


If you would like a custom portrait done please visit my etsy store where I am currently taking a few commissions on. https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist

For the two competitions I’m running to win Prints visit my Facebook and Instagram pages! 

https://www.facebook.com/chrissyturleyartist and https://www.instagram.com/chrissyturley30

Cheers

Chrissy xxx

Day 24 – 30 Days of Art

A graphite portrait of my girl. This child of mine is just so unbelievably perfect. I’ve started doing full faces and really getting stuck in to the graphite at the moment. I’m happy with my progress with my portraits and am offering a deal on my etsy shop if you would like one! Just pop over to my store to check it out! https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist

I have 2 completions running at the moment, one on instagram and one on Facebook. You’ll win free prints if your drawn as the winner! Pop over and check them out! 

https://www.facebook.com/chrissyturleyartist

https://www.instagram.com/chrissyturley30


How I rekindled my love of Art after many years of not drawing a thing. I love dragons and fairies, and anything fantasy really!

Cheers

Chrissy xx

Day 23 – 30 Days of Art

Lips, lips and more lips. It’s all fine and dandy to be able to draw things straight on. If I want to be really good, I need to be able to draw things on angles too! 

If you’d like to see my paintings and some graphite sketches please go to my etsy store https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist

To keep up to date with all my Art Works like me on https://www.facebook.com/chrissyturleyartist and follow me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/chrissyturley30. There will be extra sneak peaks at what I’m doing. There is also a competition running at the moment on my Facebook page to win a free print. Be sure to enter! 

Cheers 

Chrissy xxx

Day 22 – 30 Days of Art

More hair today! ​Here is a little video of me in action. I was waiting for my son to finish play group. Luckily I bought my iPad and journal with me! I’m loving hair, it takes time and concentration but it’s very rewarding when you have the finished product! Ignore the sound, kids were playing, cars were coming in and out and women were yapping! 


To check out the paintings and sketches I have for sale go to my etsy store https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist

To join in on the competition to win a free print, go to my Facebook page and view the pinned post! https://www.facebook.com/chrissyturleyartist. To get sneak peeks on what I’m up to follow me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/chrissyturley30

Cheers

Chrissy xxx

Day 21 – 30 Days of Art

HAIR! I’ve started learning about how to draw hair! It’s much harder than it looks and with limited supplies it is even harder to try and get the realism effect. However, I think for me first try it was a great attempt. My favourite is probably the bun. I know her ear is too small but I’m chuffed how my practice went. Again I didn’t have a regency photo to go by. I watched a you tube video and then off I went. 

The you tube video I watched was by Emmy Kalia here is the link to her video. https://youtu.be/QRJ5phXy3xo

If you’d like to see my paintings and some graphite sketches please go to my etsy store https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist

To keep up to date with all my Art Works like me on https://www.facebook.com/chrissyturleyartist and follow me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/chrissyturley30. There will be extra sneak peaks at what I’m doing and there is a competition running at the moment. 

Cheers 

Chrissy xxx

Day 20 – 30 Days of Art 

I love this graphite sketch. It’s one of my favourites so far. I didn’t have a reference photo for this one so I kinda had to wing it. The drawing itself gives the impression of movement so I’ve called this piece ‘Girl Dancing’. She is now available as a print in my etsy store.  https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist


I love to watch the birds in our garden. One of many visitors to our little but beautiful part of paradise. 

To keep up to date with all my acrylic paintings and graphite drawings like me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/chrissyturleyartist or follow me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/chrissyturley30
Cheers

Chrissy xxx

Day 19 – 30 Days of Art

I get so much inspiration from my lovely kids. They are such a joy to be around. This is my little princess. Again I have lots to work on but I’m getting there! I think I have the proportions right, I just need to refine my skills using graphite. It’s a little clumsy. 

The below painting is an autumn tree that I painted a little while ago. I love autumn, it’s my favourite season. 


This painting and many more are available in my Etsy Store.

My Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chrissyturleyartist

Instagram: www.instagram.com/chrissyturley30

Cheers

Chrissy xxx