Have you ever thought about what the phrase “You can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear” really means? It’s another way of saying that you can’t make a high-quality product from poor-quality materials.
Don’t waste your time and money using cheaply made, sub-standard materials; it will only cause you frustration and end with work you simply aren’t satisfied with.
If you want to produce quality product, use quality materials. (If you are patient enough to wait for a sale and/or use the right coupons, you CAN get good materials at an affordable price.)
Take a look at these canvas-covered panels, to which I’ve applied a thin wash of fluid acrylic.
- The panel on the top is from a store-brand “value pack” made in China and purchased at a big-name craft store.
- The panel on the bottom is a Utrecht Studio 100% Primed Cotton Canvas Board made with 7oz primed cotton canvas mounted on heavyweight multi-ply board.
See the difference? The value panel resists the paint and creates a weak, splotchy mess, while the quality panel accepts the paint evenly.
Quality does matter. Life’s too short to spend your creative time re-working a splotchy mess. Use the good stuff.