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on: January 08, 2020, 12:17:55 AM
Would it be advisable to use an underpainting on a painting with a white background?  I was thinking to use a nuetral underpainting to help me see my drawing marks better.  I was using tracing paper and have found that I can not see the yellow in my current lighting and when I use something darker, I can not get the paint to cover.  This happened to me on my peach rose that I painted recently.  Today I was beginning my spoon/blueberrie painting and can not see the lines on the white canvas.  I have read that ceratin underpainting colors can enhance how a painting feels.
Does anyone have any experience with this issue?  Maybe I can use a gray since I am painting neutral for the spoons.

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Reply #1 on: January 08, 2020, 07:15:47 PM
that all depends - do you want a coloured background.
If you want a white background then toning the canvas is not an option. In that case you have two options:

1) Draw using a watercolour pencil that is similar in colour to the object, eg. blue or violet from the blueberries. As the watercolour pencil is made of pigment it will blend into the paint as you work becoming invisible.

2) Tile paper so that it matches the size of your canvas. Sketch onto the paper, then use dress makers carbon paper to transfer the drawing using say a blue or pink for the blueberries, green for the leaves, etc.


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