Can I sew on canvas?

I've been thinking for a while that since painting canvas is just cotton with a primer there is no reason why I couldn't paint on it and then sew. There are lots of benefits, it's easy to stretch over a frame and hang, it's cheaper to use watercolour or oil paint (although I haven't tried it with oils) and I can leave negative space blank without having to quilt it.

So before I try to source canvas I pulled apart one of my small spare ones to give it a go!

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I painted part of it first - nothing complex but it gave me somewhere to start. I just used my cheap watercolors, and they didn't work exactly the same but I'm still pleased with how they came out.

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I used a denim needle in the machine, and same color thread in the bobbin is important as you can see through to the bottom thread.

I warmed up with my name.

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Then went around the edges of the fish

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Which wasn't as effective as the heavier stitching around the flower.

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Overall I'm quite pleased with it, I'm thinking there will be lots of issues to overcome but it's a nice start.