How to Prepare Canvas for Acrylic Paint

Preparing a canvas for acrylic paint begins by applying a layer of gesso, which is available in a variety of colors and tints. Coat the canvas to make a much smoother painting surface with creative advice from a professional artist in this free video on painting with acrylics.

About the Author

Ralph Papa, a native New Yorker, began sketching and painting as a child growing up on Manhattan's Upper East Side, and he exhibited regularly in Greenwich Village in the 1960s.