I start by cutting linen to size, and adhering it to a birch panel. I use an acid-free conservationist's adhesive made of liquefied plant starch, which will preserve the canvas.
Mounting linen to panel creates a more durable ground for the painting. It resists warping, will not have to be re-stretched every few years, and won't tear or puncture.
A rough pencil sketch helps establish the composition.
A thin wash of acrylic paint over the gesso helps block out the image.
Culture and Traditionalism
Photos and information about traditional culture and art