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Working with Canvas Boards

Working with Canvas Boards

Working with Canvas Boards

Do you want an affordable way to start painting? Do you still hesitate between different media? Have you tried a canvas board? Amylee has rediscovered this painting surface!

Working with Canvas Boards

What is the advantage of a canvas board?

The canvas board is a great surface, relatively stable and ready to paint. Made of thick cardboard covered with a white canvas, this surface is ideally suited for:

  • oil,
  • tempera,
  • acrylic,
  • gouache,
  • traditional
  • or mixed media techniques.

As you can see, the canvas board allows us to explore all the aspects of our creativity.

Working with Canvas Boards

What are the key characteristics of a canvas board? 

  • White canvas 100% cotton mounted on thick cardboard.
  • Nice medium grain surface, primed with a low absorbency universal primer.
  • Acid-free cardboard, 250gsm and rigid.
  • Lighter, thin support, easy to store.
  • Available in several formats: rectangular, square, circular or oval.
  • Less expensive than stretched canvas on wooden frame.

Working with Canvas Boards

Who can use canvas boards?

Useful for beginners, students or children, this liberating support can create even when our hand is not practised.

For professional artists, canvas board remains perfect for tests, sketches or all preparatory paintings.

Working with Canvas Boards

Amylee’s shopping list for her studio:

Working with Canvas Boards

Most of these products are currently available at GreatArt Online or in their art supply shop in London Shoreditch.

Amylee’s favourites: circular canvas board

In the canvas boards range, the circular canvas board remains my favourite one! Inspired by the tondo (in Italian “rotondo”) commonly used by Renaissance artists, the round size is not a recent innovation but allows for the most modern ideas. Like a bubble hanging in the air, these paintings make it possible to free oneself from the square format and find a new way to work.

Working with Canvas Boards

Working with Canvas Boards

Is there any disadvantages when using canvas boards?

Sure, especially one! As its name suggests, cardboard remains paper, its main enemy is moisture and strong changes in temperature. Also be careful not to overload the cotton side with heavy materials or really thick paint. After completely drying and also over time, the cardboard will tend to pull and bend. To repair this type of inconvenience, a frame (with or without glass) puts everything straight!

How to hang a canvas board?

Space-saving and very light, yet the canvas board can quickly be frustrating when you want to hang it to the wall. Here are 3 suggestions to add to the back of the board, 3 tips that always help me:

Working with Canvas Boards

  • Removable tip – Removable mounting tabs (velcro tape strips)
  • Easy tip – Paperclips + extra strong adhesive PowerTape (stuck with glue gun can also do the trick)
  • Recycling tip – Can tab stuck with a glue gun.

Working with Canvas Boards

Note: For the last 2 tips, I will write a post if you want a tutorial illustrated and detailed, do not hesitate to let me know by commenting bellow.


Information for this article was provided by professional fine artist, Amylee Paris. You can visit her colourful portfolio or follow her on Facebook and Instagram

Find all Amylee’s posts published in GreatArt online Magazine by clicking here!

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