By Mike | 30th October 2009

The appeal of canvas paintings

Paintings of both people and sceneries have always fascinated people. Before the camera was invented, the images of dear ones were captured with the paintbrush, and canvas was the material of choice.

Paintings created on canvas prints are simply referred to as canvas painting. Although we live in an age of digital photography and videography, canvas paintings have an enduring appeal.

Canvas is fabric plainly woven and is extremely versatile. As well as a material for painting, canvas is also used to make tents, backpacks, marquees, sails and lots of other things. Canvas is particularly suitable for painting because of its sturdiness and durability.

Canvases of various sizes, shapes and textures are available to painters. Plain and duck are two of the most common types of canvas prints used for painting. The material is prepared by stretching it across wooden frame known as stretcher. Next, gesso or latex coating is applied, to prevent direct contact between the canvas prints fibres and the oil paint.

Another option is a cotton canvas, which is generally plain weaved. However, cotton canvas catches dust and dirt easily.

In terms of fixings, splined canvas prints, stapled canvas prints and canvas print boards are he three most popular canvases based on types of fixings.
Stapled canvas prints use staples to fix the canvas at the edges of the stretchers. Splined canvas prints are staple free at the edges, therefore the artist can use whole space for painting. Canvas print boards stretch the canvas and then seal it on the other side of the stretcher.

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