Never underestimate the importance of the canvas quality when preparing for a serious oil painting project! A good quality canvas has low color absorbency level (acid free).
What does canvas-color-absorbency mean?
If the canvas has a high color absorbency, this will lead to a painting with flat, dull and lifeless colors. If you really want to improve your skills in oil painting and create a professional-looking painting, I recommend not to waste money on such canvas (even if they are cheap in price!).
A good canvas should have a low color-absorbency (acid free), this will help achieve an amazing vibrant color effect, and will make it easier to blend colors together, and hence a high-quality professional-looking final painting. Also, you will have more fun working on such a canvas!
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In this post, I will show you my favorite three canvas types, and some of the paintings I created using each one of them. If you really want to achieve the best result of your oil painting projects, I recommend purchasing any of these three canvas types (or ones that have similar criteria):
My Favorite Canvas Type.1: Artist’s Loft Gallery Wrapped Heavy Duty Canvas – Level (3)
This is a heavy-duty stretched canvas on a thick 1.5″ (3.8 cm) wood frame. It is made of 100% cotton archival acid free quality, and available in multiple sizes. I created “Indian Beauty” painting with this canvas, shown below:
My Favorite Canvas Type.2: Artist’s Loft Gallery Wrapped Traditional Canvas – Level (2)
This is a stretched canvas on 0.75″ (1.9 cm) wood frame. It is of a medium weight, and made of 100% cotton archival acid free quality, and available in multiple sizes. I created most of my paintings with this canvas, such as “Anticipation” and “Serendipity” paintings shown below:
My Favorite Canvas Type.3: Artist’s Loft Back-Stapled Traditional Canvas – Level (1)
This is a stretched canvas on 0.75″ (1.9 cm) wood frame, back-stapled. It is made of 100% cotton archival acid free quality, and available in multiple sizes with a very reasonable price. I recommend this canvas if you are an absolute beginner. I created “Karma” painting (shown below) using this canvas, just to show you how good this canvas is!
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