Which canvas do you go for?
In a previous blog, I went over the different forms of brushes. Let’s continue to learn more about ART, this time about COTTON CANVAS VS LINEN CANVAS.
In leading art shops you will find ready-made canvases and canvas boards. Some are pricey, for linen ($ 20 for a 12- x 16-inch canvas), and you can even find the same size in a dollar shop ($ 2.00 for a 12 x 16) cotton.
Are the cheap canvases worth it?
I went to the dollar store ones and found a few of them are under-gessoed, so I add another layer of gesso. Shall I select the middle variety? Artists are confronted with this issue all the time, and I believe my professional insight will help you make the right choice.
Linen VERSUS Cotton Canvas
Linen costs extremely high. Lots of experts do their paintings on this canvas. This provides the impression they can manage it and succeed. In fact, you will frequently see the title of the painting plus “on linen” defined with their paintings.
It is true that linen is more supportive than cotton as a painting surface area. However, I don’t feel it’s worth the additional expense unless you are being spent for that painting or understand you will offer it. The art collector will feel prouder with the understanding you used the top materials.
Also, the duration isn’t needed to validate favoring either cotton or linen because both use the same primers. Some artists grumble the weave of a cotton canvas is too mechanical, whereas with linen it is more random. Also worth keeping in mind, many top landscape artists turn to dry brushing; linen provides itself well to these impacts because of some locations of the weave bulge more.
Close up of linen canvas for artists. Keep in mind the irregular pattern.
Unless you have the cash to spare, I don’t believe huge benefits dealing with a linen canvas for painting. Both cotton and linen canvases are both great with acrylics or oil. Acrylic gesso-primed surface areas have a bit more friction, offering you more brush control for detail, whereas oil-primed surface areas are more slippery (Note: Do not utilize oil-primed canvas for acrylics.).
Neither one is better than the other. It’s a personal choice. Both of these fabrics are either mounted and stretched on wooden bars or glued on cardboard.
In my opinion, presenting a painting on a cardboard looks cheap to a collector even if linen is placed on it. It’s so secured against humidity or pests.
Elongated canvases will increase the rate. Some artists like the feeling of a tight drum of the stretched canvas. To me, it makes no distinction. As a side note, I feel excessive educational attention goes to art materials instead of to the foundation of great painting design. If you are competent in techniques, the surface is not much of an issue.