A canvas for an artist is like a start mark where a new universe takes its rise. The choice of painting canvas influences a lot of essential things: the way paints adhere to the surface, how they look like, their brightness and depth, etc. Before choosing the material for future paintings, an artist should keep in mind the entire image of the final work to match the right size and form of the canvas as well. So, material type, size and form are the main pre-creation factors you should determine before starting your work on canvas.
There are three types of canvas that are the most popular in the artistic world.
- Cotton duck is the most common type of canvas and one of the cheapest ones. The price of cotton canvas depends on the thread count. Besides, there is another crucial factor that influences the price and quality of cotton duck – the thickness of material.
- Linen with its tighter weaves and narrower threads is considered to be superior to cotton canvas, so the price of this material would be much higher. Strength and reliability are two unbeatable trump cards of linen.
- Synthetic fiber is another type of painting canvas that is rarely used in the artistic circle. If you decided to work with this material, make sure it is strong and tight enough to support the weight of paints. To avoid disappointments, you may use a blend of synthetic fiber and cotton that is a more available and sustainable type of canvas.
The choice of canvas form is the next essential stage in the pre-painting process. There are three major forms of canvas that vary in price and ease of use: stretched canvas, canvas boards and canvas rolls.
- Stretched canvas is the most expensive and convenient in usage. It can be hung on the wall once you finish painting and does not require any additional frames.
- Canvas board is a construction of super-tough panels and a canvas that is glued on them. This canvas form is cheaper and less convenient to work with.
- Canvas roll takes the third place in this hierarchy of convenience, price and time efficiency. It’s up to you, the artist, what size and form you future painting will have. You have to cut a piece of canvas of the needed size and mount it on stretcher bars. This will guarantee sufficient rigidity and protect your painting from distortions.
The size of your future masterpiece depends on your skills and the entire idea of the painting. If you are a beginning artist, give preference to small-sized canvases until you get the hang of it. If you are ready to create a painting with a profound composition, multiple elements and planes, it makes sense to use a medium or large canvase. For instance, famous Jewish impressionist Leonid Afremov mainly creates his marvelous colorful stories on middle-sized canvases that are more convenient to work with. You can view his palette knife art in his official online gallery where it is also possible to buy a painting over the internet.