Whether you’re a professional artist or just paint in your spare time, you’re sure to find a paint canvas for you at Art to Art. Choose from a wide range of popular brands, including: K2 Professional Artist Canvas, Mont Marte Canvas, Ampersand and more.
If you’re a beginner painter, you can’t go past a classic double or single thick stretched cotton canvas. At such affordable prices, these canvases are also very popular for students! For a seasoned professional, you might opt for a linen canvas. Strong and durable, these canvases will last a lifetime.
Want more freedom with the size of your paint canvas? Try a canvas roll and stretch it yourself with our range of stretcher bars. We have all the accessories you need to do it on your own!
Art to Art is one of the best artist canvas supply stores in Australia. With affordable prices, free shipping over $100 and same day dispatch, there’s no better time to start painting than now! Buy canvases online or in store today.
What paints to use on canvas?
The most common paints used on a canvas are oil paints and acrylic paints. Acrylic is by far the most popular, as it’s easy to work with, it dries quickly and can be applied using paint brushes or palette knives.
Can I paint directly on canvas?
Absolutely! But it’s always recommended that you either opt for a pre-primed canvas or prime a canvas yourself. This will ensure the paint goes on the canvas smoothly and will protect the paint over time.
What do I need to start painting on canvas?
To start painting, all you need is:
Paint (whether acrylic or oil based)
Paint brushes or palette knives
A plastic sheet to avoid any splatters on your floor
Cup or jar of water
What are the types of canvas?
Stretched canvas: Stretched over a wooden frame, called stretcher bars, stretched canvas is one of the most popular types of canvas for acrylic or oil painting. Most commonly made of cotton, the canvas is primed with gesso to create an ideal painting surface.
Canvas panels: usually made from primed cotton canvas that’s mounted onto a rigid board, these panels are great for practice and are lightweight and easy to carry, making them perfect for students.
Wooden panels: these are perfect for artists working with oils, acrylics, mixed media, and more! They have many advantages over stretched canvases and are a conservator's first choice for a painting support. They are less susceptible to moisture, never sag or stretch like canvas, and are simple to hang, framed or unframed.
Canvas pads: Canvas pads are sheets of primed canvas that come in pads or loose sheets. The sheets can be stretched or mounted. Canvas pads are ideal for novices, students or just for practice.
Should I choose cotton or linen?
Linen is strong and durable, and remains the preferred surface for many artists (but is more expensive than cotton duck). If you want your painting to last, then a linen canvas is a sound investment.
On the other hand, cotton canvas is affordable and can be stretched very easily. It is possible to stretch cotton tighter than linen without straining the wooden support around the canvas. A properly prepared cotton canvas will last a long time and is the most popular surface for oil and acrylic painting, especially for students.