CHAPTER 2:

Canvas

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.

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COMPOSITION & FORMATS

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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