Pros for Pouring on a Canvas Back

I received a lot of comments and questions about my canvas choice during the process of creating my acrylic collage. I was pouring on the back of wooden framed canvas that I’d used for a project I wasn’t ready to give up on yet. I saw it one day, propped up against my living room wall and I couldn’t help but think what a waste of pouring real estate that blank back was, so I decided to experiment. It wound up being a double experiment, both for the collage itself and this new pouring surface.

Supplies I Used:

Waste not, Want not

My first reason for pouring on the back of this canvas, as I’ve mentioned, is that I couldn’t bear to waste that blank space. The front of the canvas is a painting I began years ago and couldn’t figure out initially so I put it down. When I got the idea of a collage in my head it was such a risk I didn’t want to risk an all new canvas, even with the promise of repouring. The back of this canvas was somewhere I could hide this experiment if it failed that wouldn’t take up room or resources. I try to be very economic about my art supplies and want to utilize everything as best I can.

My Pour Style

When I pour, it’s not usually a ton of paint. If I were to fill an entire kitchen cup of paint every time this project obviously wouldn’t have worked because the overflow would have nowhere to go. But because I use much smaller paint amounts and have such a desire to experiment and combine techniques I thought this would be the perfect way. The framed formed its own little basin so clean up was almost nonexistent and I could tilt and manipulate the paint as much as I felt the piece needed.

Built in Frame

In the back of my mind I had this idea about how I would finish the whole thing if the collage turned out. Pouring on the back of this canvas gave me a built in blank frame that I could turn into anything I wanted. I wouldn’t have to find the perfect frame to display this piece because I would be able to create my own. I wound up mixing up some red and black and one of my metallics to create this deep merlot color paint for the finish. I used painters tape on the surface of my pour so I wouldn’t have to worry about my brush strokes while creating this frame. After I was happy with the layers of paint I sponged on some of that metallic to create a gilded effected. Now all I need is a command strip and I’m in action!

If I come up with another risky experiment that can be done in installments, this is definitely a method I would give another try. Not only does it help me use up everything I have but it gives me a two in one piece that I can display as my mood changes.

Comments

  1. If this were mine, I’d embellish the frame with some mosaic chips and have a fancy border as well. Probably in a single color so as not to detract too much from the central image. Just a thought.

  2. Loved your idea of making use of the back of a stretched canvas. To make the stretcher bars will look more like a frame, cover the stapled edge with heavy acrylic gel. Let dry. Paint with your frame color. Or you can also tape that edge. And paint over it.

    1. OR…glue a strip of Burlap and paint it. It’ll cover the texture of the stapled edge. Or glue rope around it. Hhmmm. Think I’ll do this!

  3. Use a wooden canvas ( dollar store) the backside looks really cool and it is easy to put a pour on, maybe gesso it first. It has a nice frame as well.

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