If you’ve been painting for a while, you’ve probably acquired a few old oil paintings. If you’re an artist, you’ll probably have a few of these. There are many different things you can do with them. First, get rid of any grease or dust that might be attached to the painting.
You can either continue to paint over the old painting, or you can cover it up and make it look brand-new. You can use a fat titanium white (not gesso) to cover the old painting. If the paint is too old to be removed, you can use a fine grit sandpaper to remove any texture or impasto work. You can then apply another layer of fat titanium white to the canvas.
Once you’ve removed the old painting, you can continue painting over it. You can cover the old painting with a thin layer of fat titanium white, which is not gesso. If you don’t want to paint over it, you can sand it down. You can also apply a layer of paint or texture on the canvas. Once the canvas is clean, you can apply a fresh layer of fat titanium white.
There are some other ways to repurpose your old canvas paintings.
Donate them to charity
Children’s charities, homeless shelters, and ministries all appreciate artwork. While they are unrecyclable, they can still be put to good use.
Reuse your artwork
If your canvas is torn, you can try DIY canvas repair by using a larger piece of blank canvas and fixing it with acid-free glue. You can also resurrect a work in progress by painting over it with a new, larger piece of raw material. This will save you the expense of a new canvas and time spent stretching the old one.
Recycle your old canvas
You can reuse the materials that are used to make your artwork. This is a great option for the environment, especially if you have a large collection of canvas. It is a good idea to take photos of your art and embed them in your website. You can also post them on social media sites and send emails to your collectors. Recycle your old artwork. You’ll have more room for new works and won’t have to spend hours stretching your old canvas.