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Tenille
« on: August 09, 2007 10:32:14 AM »

Ok, I'm going to paint a 4ft X 4ft pic for my brother. he requested the size. An artist I know said if it's going to be that big I should paint it on a thin sheet of plywood and then just have him frame that. Now I've found the wood, it's about 1/4 of an inch thick and I have acrylic paint. My question is, "Do I need to do anything to the wood before I paint on it?" I draw and sketch and I'm not too bad on the street with chalk, but painting is completely out of my confort zone. I don't know a thing about how to get started. I can do the actual painting fine I think, its the beginning stages that I'm not too clear on. Somebody please help me!!!
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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2007 10:53:52 AM »

I did these (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=157033.0). They started out as unfinished wooden shapes and I just put the acrylic paint right onto them, without a primer or anything.

I may have misunderstood your question though Huh
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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2007 11:05:05 AM »

Nah, you got the question in one. I don't know why the word "primer" escaped my brain while I was typing though. lol. go figure.
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2007 11:33:35 AM »

you might want to primer it first so that the paint doesnt seep into the wood. then you wont need to do two coats. Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2007 11:53:18 AM »

Right. The purpose of the primer is to seal the surface--ie, the wood.

Your expensive acrylic paints will perform better on primer and you won't need to use as much--because, as jessvict said--the first coat won't be soaking into the raw wood. A 4x4 painting is going to use a lot of paint. Those little hobby sized bottles aren't going to be enough. You are going to need large 150ml tubes or 8oz pots at least if you aren't using pint cans.

If you like the look af the raw wood, there is clear gesso. Or you could use another WATER based clear coat as the primer. Just sand it afterwards with fine grit to give it enough tooth to grab on to the paint.
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« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2007 12:16:57 PM »

You guys rock!
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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2007 05:49:36 PM »

I paint on wood a lot and always use Gesso first. Two coats just like a canvas. It works great. Have fun wih your painting.
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« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2007 11:05:23 PM »

i did this one wood without priming..i just painted it right out of the pacage..i wattered down the accrylic...
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« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2007 07:24:07 AM »

THose are gorgeous appleshannon. Now if I can find a way to get my giant piece of plywood home (won't fit in the car) i'll be good to go.

Thanks for all the advice everyone!
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« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2007 05:53:40 PM »

Ok ,I'm a good ways into this now. And after having dropoped the giant piece of plywood on my foot and sitting on a bottle of acryliv paint  Tongue here it is so far. I'll post in a new thread when it's totally done, but so far so good.

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