If you are planning to decorate your home or workplace with photos, art prints, or paintings, then a canvas painting is what you should choose. Canvas is a very durable, thick, plain-woven textile fabric originally used for manufacturing sails, tents, marquees and for many other items of which durability is an important concern, such as shoes, handbags, computer cases and bags.
Today, the popularity of canvas prints and paintings is on the rise, mostly due to its adaptability to a wide range of mediums and its relatively low cost. For canvas painting for beginners, you should know that there are basically two types of canvas: stretched canvas prints and mounted canvas prints.
Stretched canvas: is made by gluing a piece of stretched canvas onto a solid backing. This creates a smooth, flat surface, which allows the artist to paint on it using a brush. The stretched canvas makes it easier for the artist to paint on because there is no need to place supports underneath the canvas to keep it in place. Some people refer to stretched canvas as ‘overstretched.’
Mounted Canvas: The second type of canvas is mounted. Mounted canvases are created by cutting thick pieces of canvas into a specific shape and then attaching it to a wooden frame that has been specially designed to hold paintings and other decorative items. Framing is done by using a threaded rod that has been bent into a specific shape so as to create a sturdy base for the painted surface. When priming, the texture of the wood will be slightly different, depending on the manufacturer.
Weave: The third type of surface texture is the weave. Weaves are long strips of canvas that run parallel to the surface of the piece. Before painting, a weft of canvas is wrapped around the wood of the frame. Once the painting is completed, the weft is removed and the painting is framed. Most weaves are made from cotton or linen fibers woven tightly, but some manufacturers use nylon and polyester fibers as well.
Why is Gesso Applied?
The texture of a canvas depends on the type of paint used and the type of art in Dubai is made, the quality of the paint, and the manufacturer’s instructions. For example, gesso is applied to the surface of a painting through a roller. Some manufacturers recommend applying gesso to the surface before painting to prevent the possibility of cracking. Gesso is a compound that can be very slippery, but if you apply it with care, it will add a realistic texture to your canvas painting.