I am new to painting and am fortunate enough to be part of a free art school. However, I now want to take my art home and take this hobby a little more seriously.
Trouble is I am on a budget.
I have set up a cheap studio space with proper lighting (as per Mark Carders recommendations) and have bought high quality paints and brushes. The next step/expense is canvas, which to me seems way overpriced!
As an avid YouTube learner I did some research and it seems good old painters drop cloth is a popular alternative to pricey art store canvas. I know Mark Carder uses an acrylic primed rolling hills linen canvas on pre-made stretcher bars. But for me that is way to expensive.
So, my solution:
Buy 2x2 or 2x1 planks, cut to size with mitre saw. Bevel an edge with an electric planer. Drill and screw together corners.
Buy a commercial painters canvas drop cloth and cut to measure predetermined stretcher bar size and stretch.
Buy or make my own acrylic gesso and give the canvas a generous couple of coats. Sand to desired texture and paint!
Any comments would be much appreciated.