Friday, February 23, 2018

A Guide for Purchasing Good Quality Stretched Canvas

Oliva Wilson is here to share some way to know if you are purchasing a good canvas or not. Check out these great tips! 

Whether you are an amateur painter, or a professional artist, one thing that everyone can agree on, is that the pre-stretched canvas simply has a different feel to it. The slight bounce that you experience when your brush hits the canvas is something you cannot experience on paper. Stretched canvas can make any painter feel like Picasso.
Stretched Canvas
Here are some tips to keep in mind when you wish to buy your pre-stretched canvas:
  • The size of your painting
When making the choice between what kind of canvas to buy- linen, or cotton duck, keep in mind the size of your painting. Both these qualities have different textures, weights, and sizes and can be purchased according to your specific requirements. The first thing you should keep in mind is the size of your painting. If you are planning on creating a masterpiece which is relatively big in size, it is recommended to opt for linen as opposed to cotton duck. This is because linen canvas has a smoother texture as compared to cotton duck. Also, it is more expensive than the latter. Linen is also more rigid as compared to the softer, more flexible cotton duck, which might not be the best option for a large painting.
  • The grade of canvas
If you decide to opt for a cotton duck canvas, keep in mind that it is available in three different grades. The type of painting you wish to work on should be the deciding factor on the grade of canvas you decide to purchase. If you wish to paint a portrait, it is recommended to opt for the fine grade of cotton duck canvas. If you are going to paint a landscape or something which requires heavy impasto work, it is best to opt for a rough grade of canvas. For general paintings however, you can easily opt for a medium grade cotton duck canvas.
  • Acrylic or oil paints
The kind of paints you are planning to use will also make a difference to your painting and your choice of canvas. When you are buying stretched canvas, you must keep in mind that the acrylic paints adhere well to the grainy texture of a canvas. However, upon drying, the colors appear dull, and even slightly faded. Is it the inherent texture of the canvas which shows more prominence in the painting? However, using oil paints for your pre-stretched canvas might just be the better choice as you will find your paintings to appear more vibrant and life like due to the inherent texture of the canvas.
Stretched Canvas
  • Polyester canvas
If you are just starting out and do not want to spend a significant amount just on your canvas, you can opt for a pre-stretched polyester canvas. This is the cheapest, hand woven canvas that you can buy. The advantage of this canvas is that it is extremely stretchable and stays tight for a long time. It is also noticed that the ink does not break after drying on this quality of canvas. However, because it is hand woven, it can often look too white.
  • Cotton canvas
This is a more expensive choice of canvas, but you will also be able to see a noticeable difference in the quality of your painting when compared to that made on poly canvas. You can also paint larger pictures and frame them on your cotton canvas more easily than your poly canvas.
Keeping in mind these small factors, you will be able to choose the best type of stretched canvas for yourself. Keep in mind, that the quality and grade of your canvas will make a dramatic difference to the final look of your masterpiece painting, so choose a canvas accordingly!

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