How to Tone a Canvas With Acrylic Medium

In the summer issue of Acrylic Artist, Filomena Booth shares the story of how her Plan B turned into her life’s passion for painting when she was denied her first choice of college coursework. That “disappointment” taught Booth early on that trusting her intuition (that she needed a Plan B, just in case) would serve her well in life. The feature-length article (available at NorthLightShop.com) includes 12 finished paintings by Booth, and here she shares her step-by-step demo of how to tone a canvas with acrylic medium.

how to tone a canvas with acrylic mediums, Filomena Booth

Step 1: Gather all materials you’ll need to tone and texturize the canvas

how to tone a canvas with acrylic mediums, Filomena Booth

Step 2: Gesso and acrylic modeling paste poured into a disposable plate

Step 3: Mix gesso and modeling paste on plate

Step 3: Mix gesso and modeling paste on plate

Step 4: Use a large brush or other tool to spread mixture on canvas

Step 4: Use a large brush or other tool to spread mixture on canvas

Step 5: Scrape or scratch into the mixture using any variety of tools to create texture

Step 5: Scrape or scratch into the mixture using any variety of tools to create texture

Step 6: Dilute color to be used for toning

Step 6: Dilute color to be used for toning

Step 7: Apply diluted color to canvas using a sponge, making sure color soaks into grooves

Step 7: Apply diluted color to canvas using a sponge, making sure color soaks into grooves

Step 8: Details of dried canvas after being toned

Step 8: Details of dried canvas after being toned

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