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How to Choose the Right Canvas Roll for Oil or Acrylic Painting

For centuries painters have used canvas to express their creativity, and to this day canvas remains the painting surface of choice for beginners and masters alike, especially for art paints.

Canvas is a versatile painting surface and comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and forms to suit every need and every budget. BESTON offers a multitude of canvas roll in a variety of different shapes & sizes. Lets take a look at the different types of canvas, and how to go about choosing the type that will work best for you.

Why Use Canvas

Canvas is very flexible in terms of size and can be used for everything from tiny paintings to large, expansive works. However, the two main reasons why canvas is such a popular surface among painters is due to how great it feels under the brush, as well as its obvious longevity. Canvas is also much lighter and easier to transport than traditional wood surfaces that was also often used.

canvas rollWhat Makes A Great Canvas

When choosing a canvas there are a number of things to consider, such as fabric, texture, and priming. All of these have an effect on the quality of the canvas and what kind of painting it is most suited to.

Fabric

The fabric used in most canvases are either linen or cotton. Of the two, linen is considered the best due to the quality of the surface and its durability, however, it is also very expensive. Cotton is a more affordable option that provides an excellent surface of suitably durable quality.

Texture

Canvas roll is constructed of natural fibres that are woven together, producing different textures depending on how finely it is woven. Different textures are suited to different types of painting, where the smooth surface of finely woven canvas is best suited to smaller, detailed work, rougher weaves are best for broad brush strokes, as well as larger sized paintings.

Prime or No Prime

In order to create a surface that will show the true colours of the paint, most canvases are primed with gesso (pronounced “jesso”), a mixture plaster of Paris, glue, chalk or pigment, preventing the paint from being absorbed into the fabric of the canvas. While the majority of canvases are primed, some artists use unprimed canvases for the dull, textured colour it produces.

Types of canvases

Canvas roll are available in various forms to suit different applications and budgets. The main types are stretched canvas, canvas panels, canvas pads, and canvas rolls.

Canvas Rolls

If you’re an experienced painter who likes to prepare and stretch your own canvas, or if you’d like to create very large paintings, then you can get canvas rolls. These rolls of canvas are made from either linen or cotton, come in different weights, textures and fibres, and are available either primed or unprimed. They’re usually sold by the yard, or in rolls, which can get quite expensive.

Before you invest in any canvas, do some research and check out all the options in order to choose the type of canvas that is best suited to your needs, and your pocket.