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Old 05-16-2019, 08:42 AM
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Question on canvas size and pros and cons with acrylics....

If you've seen any of my threads you'll know that I tend to paint mainly with blacks and whites, portraying general musical icons using the highest def'n reference photos I can find.
I'm not quite photo realism but I'm leaning in that direction.
I'm mostly 50-50 box canvas vs canvas board. I'm happiest at 24" x 16".
For my next piece I wish to do a larger piece, probably 4:3 ratio still. No idea how large I may go but here in the UK, Hobby craft do very large canvas although I'm not a fan of theirs.

Does anyone have any thoughts and feelings on the pros and cons of using acrylics on large canvas? Any 'got ya's that I need to watch out for. Sorry for the vagueness... I'm not an experienced artist but I'm rapidly gaining a lot of confidence but still unsure of my boundries. Not sure if going large is a good idea.

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Old 05-16-2019, 10:46 AM
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Re: Question on canvas size and pros and cons with acrylics....

I would say you have no boundaries. The only boundaries are those you impose on yourself. I usually paint on large canvases (4 ft x 8 ft or less). No problem. Recently Iíve been trying to downsize canvases to inches instead of feet but I still prefer the larger size. I unusually order them thorough Blick and I order them in quantity so thereís a discount.
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Old 05-16-2019, 10:49 AM
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Re: Question on canvas size and pros and cons with acrylics....

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If you've seen any of my threads you'll know that I tend to paint mainly with blacks and whites, portraying general musical icons using the highest def'n reference photos I can find.
I'm not quite photo realism but I'm leaning in that direction.
I'm mostly 50-50 box canvas vs canvas board. I'm happiest at 24" x 16".
For my next piece I wish to do a larger piece, probably 4:3 ratio still. No idea how large I may go but here in the UK, Hobby craft do very large canvas although I'm not a fan of theirs.

Does anyone have any thoughts and feelings on the pros and cons of using acrylics on large canvas? Any 'got ya's that I need to watch out for. Sorry for the vagueness... I'm not an experienced artist but I'm rapidly gaining a lot of confidence but still unsure of my boundries. Not sure if going large is a good idea.

All advice appreciated.

Mark.




As long as you are reasonable on the techniques you decide to use... no problems.


You will have a hard time if you want to make subtle tone variations on alrge canvases because you cannot mix a HUGE amount of paint.. you will waste it and it will dry before you finish a huge section. SO you need to mix it several times in smaller batches.. if you are not technical and controlled in your mixing you might struggle to keep a tone.
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Re: Question on canvas size and pros and cons with acrylics....

Mark, if you're not happy with Hobbycraft (me neither!) consider joining the SAA (Society for All Artists) ... if a member you get privileged pricing and free p&p and all the good brands for all the materials you'll need ... plus extras!

For quantities of mixed paint, some people develop recipes and store mixed quantities in topped plastic or glass jars ..... save airtight containers!

PS - I prefer the deep sided canvas for most sizes - but that's personal ... I think they look better on the wall than the thinner ones ..... and canvas boards need framing.
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Re: Question on canvas size and pros and cons with acrylics....

I just made a Blick order with the largest canvas being 8 by 8 inches. I'm positive I would be so overwhelmed with a BIG canvas! (But I do have a big expense of wall here that has been primed and abandoned by property management. I would fancy a big mural if I could!

I cannot imagine working on a big area that you mention, Gayle! Do you have a really big easel or prop it against a wall? I feel like I'd need to go to the gym for a year before I'd be able to stand and reach for all that painting!

Ah, by if I get a bigger apartment I can imagine a wall of huge canvases!

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Re: Question on canvas size and pros and cons with acrylics....

I find the more I paint and get comfortable with the medium, the more I like larger surfaces. I started doing 8x10s, moved up to 16x20s, and now really enjoy 18x24 and 24x30 surfaces. I do have to mix a lot more and I try to write out a rough ďrecipeĒ for any mixes involving more than two or three hues, just in case I need more.

Lately, though, Iíve been wondering if larger pieces arenít holding me, a rank amateur, back somewhat. I am a slow worker by nature, and it takes me so long to finish a piece...I wonder if Iíd learn and develop more doing lots of smaller pieces. To that end, Iím thinking of starting a habit of doing small pieces (6x8 to 8x10) alongside the larger ones so I can work out issues and experiment a little more freely.
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Old 05-21-2019, 06:59 PM
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Re: Question on canvas size and pros and cons with acrylics....

I haven't been able to post for a few days so apologies for the late response. Many thanks to those that offered advice. All very helpful indeed.

Sykirobme... interesting thought there. I know a lot of people use mirrors when checking portraits. I use a photo on the mobile phone next to the reference photo and find that screams out at inaccuracies. Perhaps small studies alongside a large canvas would do similar due to a small piece having less scope for errors.

"For quantities of mixed paint, some people develop recipes and store mixed quantities in topped plastic or glass jars ..... save airtight containers!" ---- superb tip Maureen. I went out and bought 5 airtight Tupperware cups. I shall use them to store greyscale tones and as most of my pieces are greyscale I shouldn't have any wastage. Cut pieces of paper from my sta-wet pallete and a cut piece of damp sponge should help to keep them usable for longer. I'll rig something up.
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Re: Question on canvas size and pros and cons with acrylics....

Hi Mark: I've been around the block a few times and I haven't worked on canvas in years. Especially stretched. Conservators like a rigid ground because stretched canvas moves and this is where problems start especially in oils.
I love mounted paper and I've also mounted canvas on board for fussy gallery owners.
heavy illustration board is beautiful for acrylics and so is prepared (primed)
hardboard. Just my druthers I guess.
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