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My oil paint is not sticking to the canvas. It is covered with black gesso and a light coat of liquid clear. The canvas was pre coated. The paint just smears.

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  • Was it precoated with black gesso, or did you yourself apply a layer of black gesso? If the latter, did you colour the gesso yourself? With 'liquid clear' I assume you mean a liquid clear oil painting medium (possibly Bob Ross Liquid Clear)? And what do you mean with 'smear'; isn't that partially the idea behind using liquid clear medium, to immediately paint wet-in-wet? – Joachim Oct 5 '20 at 17:09
  • So it is not clear from your post how you are using the liquid clear. Are you applying it just before working the canvas, or did you let the gesso and the liquid clear dry before starting work? What do you mean by "pre coated"? – rebusB Oct 6 '20 at 21:18

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