Watercolour on Canvas

Happy Monday, my friend! I hope that you had a good weekend. We’re in a short heat wave right now; fitting since it started yesterday, the first day of summer.  I learned from someone in the Brusho Fun Facebook group that it’s possible to do watercolour painting on canvas – you just have to prep the canvas.  You need a regular canvas – most come pre-primed with gesso. That’s great for acrylic, but watercolour paints won’t absorb properly.  What you need is watercolour ground, so that’s what I ordered!


You may recall that I painted these Macaw birds a while ago, on regular watercolour paper with Brusho Crystal Colours. You can find that post HERE, for the details. This is how it turned out, on the paper.

I was pretty happy with how they turned out, so I decided to paint them again, but on the prepared canvas.


I’ve never tried watercolour painting on canvas before; there is a learning curve!

Watercolour on Canvas

I like the texture of the canvas. I did 2 coats of watercolour ground, but I think that I should have done an extra coat or two. I found that in some areas, the paint wanted to sit on top of the canvas and when I was blending, the brush sort of pushed the colour around.

While I’m trying to not overwork it, I still see a few spots I’ll go back and try tweaking a little bit more.   I added the splatters, to give some colour to the background, without filling it in. It’s okay for my first watercolour on canvas, I think!  Have you done watercolour painting on canvas? I’d love to hear any tips or techniques that you’d like to share.

Enjoy your day, and I hope that you’re staying cool, and creating!

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

3 thoughts on “Watercolour on Canvas

    1. Thanks, Buffy! I liked the idea of painting on canvas, but wanted to stay with watercolour paints. I’ll keep experimenting! 🙂

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