Here is another coffee pot painted using acrylics on burlap. I am enjoying this challenge.
This one measures 21 x 19. I mounted it on a board painted gloss black.
Hard to see in the photo, but the black board shows a bit through the many tiny holes which were left in the coarse jute "canvas" even after two coats of gesso and my typical vigorous application of paint.
Next step is to coat it with a high-gloss varnish. I'll likely use epoxy resin again - the very shiny finish on the rough surface pleases me. I have learned to take the photo first, before making it glossy :-)
I painted this clothes dryer on jute, also known as burlap, the coarse material used to make gunny sacks. I wanted to see how acrylic paints would look on a very very rough surface. The initial result (above) was disappointing; even over a couple coats of gesso, the paint sank deep into the substrate and looked washed out, dull. A coat of varnish didn't help much. I actually put it aside for many months. Then I had an idea: try coating it with epoxy resin, rolled out thin. It popped. All the elements came together in a satisfying way - the rough, rudimentary substrate, the candy-hued paints, the las-vegas-gloss on the bumpy texture.
Unfortunately, photographs taken after the epoxy resin coating don't turn out well, because of the glare. See next photo - looks darker and harsher than the real thing.
I mounted it on a black board, keeping the jute edges a bit rough, and letting the black backing show through the holes left scattered cross the painting.
The following photos give an idea - but I hope I can figure out how to photograph future paintings on jute to do them justice.
22 x 20
Acrylics on jute, varnished with a thin but effective coat of epoxy resin