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PIGMENT LAB TOKYO

Let’s make a canvas by yourself.

2019-03-07

Have you ever made your canvas from sizing and priming with gesso when using canvas as a support? You might usually buy a canvas at stores that is already primed, but after this workshop, you will surely be more interested in the “ground” of the canvas.

 

Canvas is mainly used as a support for oil paintings and acrylic paintings. In this workshop, we will be making the “semi-absorbent canvas” for oil-based medium. This support utilizes the advantages of each ground; the water absorbability of water-based ground and the flexibility of oil-based ground.

 

In Japanese, there is an idiom “oil and water”, which describes something that are not blended with each other or are unable to interact or coexist easily as oil and water. However, surface-active agents will bond these two incompatible components.(Please check out the article about medium by chief Iwaizumi for more details.https://pigment.tokyo/ja/article/detail?id=5)


 


In European method, they use Bologna gesso, animal glue, sun-thickened linseed oil (or stand oil) and “egg” as a surfactant for a semi-absorbent canvas. Egg will disperse the oil in the water, and becomes emulsified just like mayonnaise.

 

Answer to the question of why egg can bond oil and water together, please take a look at this chart.


 

卵黄の半分以は水で構成されており、全体の30%を占めている脂質の中に界面活性剤が含まれているため、エマルション化するのです。

 


The egg yolk is made up of around 50% of water and 30% of lipids. Since the lipids contain the surfactant, it becomes emulsified. In this workshop, not only you will learn these theories, but we will also teach you how to make a semi-absorbent canvas with using the latest techniques. Here is the time for Linseed Oil from HOLBEIN.

 

https://pigment.tokyo/ja/product/detail?id=1211 


This oil contains the surface-active agent, which allows you to dilute with water. By using this oil, we will be able to make semi-absorbent canvas easily without using eggs.


 


In this workshop, PIGMENT art material expert Kei Saito will introduce you the new and old semi-absorbent canvas as well as its recipe and tips. For those of you who usually buy canvas at stores, why not make it by yourself with us?

 

[Beginner] How to Prime a Canvas for Painting

2019/04/24(Wed)

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Ticket available until 2019/04/19 5:00pm

https://pigment.tokyo/workshop/detail?id=125&set_language=en


Profile

Art Materials Expert of PIGMENT TOKYO

AKIRA OYA

Art Materials Expert of PIGMENT TOKYO Born in 1989 in Tokyo Master of Fine Art and Design at Nihon University College of Art While working at PIGMENT TOKYO as an Art Materials Expert, he also continues his artist career composing visual art works.

Art Materials Expert of PIGMENT TOKYO Born in 1989 in Tokyo Master of Fine Art and Design at Nihon University College of Art While working at PIGMENT TOKYO as an Art Materials Expert, he also continues his artist career composing visual art works.