To the great outdoors for the priming...it looks like summer doesn't it? It was 39 degrees and a little chilly in the shade, but we hung the two finished frames in the sun and they dried within the hour. The back side of the rug gets one coat..the top side gets two. I have a shot of John smoking his cigar and watching the paint dry but this How To is getting a little tedious so I'll just let you imagine his smirk as he sits ...again in the sunshine....having a great time comtemplating our to be masterpieces!!