Decorative Painting tutorial: how to prepare the surface

Decorative Painting Tutorial: how to prep the surface

Written by marika

June 23, 2021

Here I am with a new video! With this Decorative Painting tutorial, I want to share with you what I know about prepping, and I mean how to prepare the surface before painting to achieve a better result!

As some of you may already know, with Decorative Painting technique we can paint on many different surfaces and materials, we can paint on wood, on fabric, on metal, on canvas… so basically there’s no surface that cannot be painted!
I love trying new techniques and using different surfaces. The surface I paint the most on is for sure wood, that I used for lots of designs, like all the “Things for” series: Fall, Christmas, Spring and Summer.
However, I also like painting on canvas, like I did with Winter wonder or Summer memories.
Sometimes I also painted on fabric, such as the projects for the little ones and their mommy: Hug me e Always with you.
Each material needs to be prepped in a different way, I mean, there are a couple of things we need to keep in mind according to the surface we are about to prep.

In this video I want to share with you what I have been learning during the years about the material I usually paint on.
According to the material we’re about to paint on, there are different primers that can make our life much easier! Here, I know, there are different habits… some people use them, and some people don’t 😊!

Talking about wood, I actually use the primer every time I paint, with some exceptions on super tiny surfaces such as pins or buttons. However, most of the times I prep my wood surface with the Multi Purpose Sealer by DecoArt Americana.

I have to be honest with you, as usual 😊, in fact when I began painting, I didn’t use it. By the way, the very first time I tried I did a complete mess! I remember I didn’t sand the surface properly (before and after the sealer), in fact base coating and floating my colors was really a nightmare!!!
Then I wanted to try it again, and it was a great idea because I could see the difference of my floats… and I have always been using it since then! 😊

Well, what do you think? Are you ready to find out some more things about how to prepare the surface before painting?

Let me know what you think about this Decorative Painting tutorial about how to prepare the surface and if you have any questions… I’m here to help!
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