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How can I reuse a canvas with acrylic paint already on it?

I have an acrylic painting with some texture. I want to reuse the canvas but with oils. First, How can i get rid of the textured parts? Second, should I just gesso over the painting and then paint with oils?
This is a large canvas and would cost over $60 just to buy a new one.

Best Answer...


Yes, I've done it a lot, paint over your painting with Gesso. I would sand (lightly) first, to get some of the texture off the canvas from the acrylics you already have on it. Then sand the dried gesso coat too. I'd also apply a couple coats of Gesso to make sure it's set well. It works good.