Canvas is lightweight, portable, and affordable. It also allows great freedom with artwork size; many famous large-scale paintings were completed on canvases, including Claude Monet’s Water Lilies series and Pablo Picasso’s Guernica. Canvas has been used as a painting surface for more than 600 years, and today it is considered the most popular painting surface for oil and acrylic.



Canvas is made up of tightly woven fibers that create a thick, sturdy fabric. The first canvases were made of hemp, which is still used today; however, more common fibers include cotton and linen. Cotton (sometimes referred to ...

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