Canvas as a Painting

The design for a painting means how it visually looks and appeals, it shows a certain format: the placement of lines, shapes, colours, tones, and surfaces into a communicative form. Design elements however have an impression on how an artwork is perceived, effected, and cast-off—and exist in design irrespective of ability, palate, or style.(1)

Now, lets take a look at the four main ways you can use canvas as a painting surface: Stretched Canvas, Canvas Rolls, Canvas Panels, and Canvas Pads.

Stretched Canvas

Canvas for acrylic painting is usually stretched over a wooden frame (called stretcher bars) and then primed with a gesso that creates a surface receptive to the paint. Unlike oils, acrylics will adhere to an unprimed canvas, but the colors will be dull and the texture of canvas will be prominent. The main consideration here is how you (or your customer) want your canvas to look on the wall. If you want to frame it you should get a traditional (thinner) canvas. For an unframed painting you can go either way, depending on how far you want the artwork to protrude from the wall. With deep canvases you can create a cool effect by painting the sides and edges.(1)

Canvas Rolls

Some artists stretch their own canvas if they're creating an unusual shape that isn't commercially available or if they're creating a huge painting. You can try primed or unprimed canvas by the roll or yard, in a variety of weights, textures and fibers. They are most commonly made from either cotton or linen. Whatever type you buy, whole rolls can be expensive, so make sure that you'll be able to use it all. You don't just have to use canvas rolls for stretching. Some artists, prefer to lay the canvas flat on the ground and just start painting.(1)

Canvas Panels

Canvas panels are quite popular with students. If you're a beginner and you don't wan't to stretched canvas for acrylic painting you can try canvas panels, which are made by mounting acrylic-primed cotton canvas onto a rigid board. There are even other versions using fabrics like hessian, muslin, calico and scrim. They're cheap, compact, lightweight (great for outdoors) and available in a range of textures and colors. The downside is that canvas panels are not permanent and will degrade over time, so they should only be used for practice.(2)

Canvas Pads

Canvas pads contain sheets of spiral-bound primed canvas or canvas paper that are great for beginners or for practicing. Some pads will contain canvas paper which is simply heavy paper with a surface texture like canvas. Other pads contain real canvas sheets that can be stretched or mounted. The real canvas pads might last years, but not centuries - so if permanence is important to you, they're best avoided.(2)

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