I want to paint a treasure map for my son's room. I can either buy an old painting at the thrift store and gesso over it or just purchase a brand new canvas (50% off at Joann's this week). The advantage to buying the thrift store painting is that it's already framed (a basic, cheap frame from the 60's, but maybe I could paint it, too). But then, a new canvas might be easier.
The cost works out to be about the same, with the thrift store route being maybe $5 more.
Any thoughts? Has anyone tried something similar?