Canvas Choices for Professional Artists: Pros and Cons - Art Supplies Australia

Choosing a suitable canvas is a crucial decision for professional artists. The canvas you select can significantly impact the outcome of your artwork, ensuring it stands the test of time while allowing your creative vision to flourish.


This blog post will explore various canvas options and weigh their pros and cons. If you're looking for high-quality canvas art supplies, check out Art Supplies Australia at

Understanding Canvas Types

1. Traditional Stretched Canvas

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When it comes to canvas art, the traditional stretched canvas is a popular choice. It consists of fabric stretched over a wooden frame, creating a taut and smooth surface for painting. Some key points to consider include:



  • Suitable for various painting mediums, such as oil, acrylic, and watercolour.
  • Provides a professional and gallery-worthy appearance.
  • Offers a wide range of sizes and formats.
  • Allows for easy framing.



  • Relatively expensive compared to other options.
  • Bulkier and less portable than alternatives.
  • It can be prone to warping if not properly handled or stored.


If you prefer the classic stretched canvas, Art Supplies Australia offers a diverse selection of canvas art supplies, including stretched canvas in various sizes and formats.


2. Canvas Panels

Canvas Panels

Canvas panels are an excellent alternative to stretched canvases. They consist of canvas stretched over a rigid board, such as cardboard or MDF (medium-density fiberboard). Here are some important considerations:



  • Affordable and cost-effective option.
  • Lightweight and easy to transport.
  • Ideal for studies, quick sketches, or plein air painting.
  • Resistant to warping.



  • It may have a less professional appearance compared to stretched canvas.
  • Limited size and format options.
  • Less suitable for large-scale artworks.


If canvas panels align with your artistic preferences, Art Supplies Australia offers canvas panel options that provide durability and convenience.


3. Canvas Boards

Canvas boards combine the advantages of stretched canvas and canvas panels. They consist of canvas adhered to a sturdy board, offering artists a versatile and portable solution. Consider the following aspects:



  • Affordable and readily available.
  • Lightweight and easy to handle.
  • Suitable for various mediums.
  • Excellent for practice, studies, or small to medium-sized artworks.



  • Limited flexibility compared to stretched canvas.
  • Requires additional framing for a more finished look.
  • It may have a slightly different feel compared to stretched canvas.


If canvas boards resonate with your artistic needs, explore the canvas board options available on Art Supplies Australia's website.

Factors to Consider

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1. Painting Mediums

Different painting mediums may require specific canvas choices to optimize your artistic process and final result. Consider the compatibility of various mediums, such as oil, acrylic, and watercolour, with different canvas options—Art Supplies Australia offers canvas art supplies tailored to suit your preferred painting medium.

2. Surface Texture

The surface texture of the canvas influences brushstroke visibility and overall aesthetic. Decide whether you prefer a smooth or textured surface based on your artistic style and desired effect. Explore the range of canvas textures available on Art Supplies Australia's website for the perfect canvas art surface.


Selecting a suitable canvas is essential for professional artists to create captivating artwork. Traditional stretched canvas panels and boards have advantages and disadvantages, making them ideal for different artistic preferences and projects. Remember to consider factors like painting medium compatibility, surface texture, size, and format when choosing your canvas. For high-quality canvas art supplies, browse the diverse selection offered by Art Supplies Australia. Discover the perfect canvas to bring your artistic vision to life.


Visit Art Supplies Australia today to explore their wide range of canvas boards, including options like canvas boards with black primed surfaces and wholesale canvas rolls. Contact Art Supplies Australia at 0294777881 or 0410489687 for any inquiries or assistance with your canvas art needs.

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