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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 251 ART 101

Using an Underpainting

EXPLORING THE INITIAL LAYER OF PAINT

 

In moments of artistic inspiration, sometimes our instinct is to dive straight onto the white of the canvas and immediately begin blocking in our subject with paint. But before jumping into anything, consider the advantages of using an underpainting, whether you’re working in oil, acrylic, or even watercolor.

 

An underpainting, also called an “imprimatura,” is a thin, transparent initial layer of paint applied to canvas or paper. Because paints are never completely opaque, the color of the underpainting will influence the hue and temperature of all successive ...

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