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Old 02-17-2017, 02:45 AM
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Alternative to canvas?

Im looking to paint on something other than canvas. Ideally something very smooth, smoother than super fine grain canvas, that will be very durable and will last a long time. What would be good? Thank you in advance.
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Re: Alternative to canvas?

I have painted on hardboard sold in art supply stores that is smooth and should be durable. I quite like it as a surface. And it is much slimmer than canvases for storage purposes.
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Old 02-17-2017, 04:23 AM
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I have painted on hardboard sold in art supply stores that is smooth and should be durable. I quite like it as a surface. And it is much slimmer than canvases for storage purposes.
How would I prepare it same as canvas with normal gesso? Is there anything else I should know about hard board? Thank you for the reply
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Old 02-17-2017, 05:48 AM
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Re: Alternative to canvas?

You can make your canvas very smooth by adding gesso layers and sanding. "Egg shell finish" there is a couple of threads here:
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Also depends what you call "lasting"...
Paper will last hundreds of years if conserved properly, for example.
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Old 02-17-2017, 07:14 AM
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Re: Alternative to canvas?

get a few 'aluminum panels' from a art supply store..they will do the job wonderfully!
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Old 02-17-2017, 09:24 AM
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You can make your canvas very smooth by adding gesso layers and sanding. "Egg shell finish" there is a couple of threads here:
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Also depends what you call "lasting"...
Paper will last hundreds of years if conserved properly, for example.
That's very useful thank you very much. Lasting I mean durable, won't warp or get damaged or ware down and will last a long time. I don't like the sound of hard board etc as they can warp.
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Old 02-17-2017, 09:26 AM
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get a few 'aluminum panels' from a art supply store..they will do the job wonderfully!
That's very interesting never realised they could be used. Are they reasonably priced? Are they durable etc? Pros and cons? Thank you
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Re: Alternative to canvas?

You may find this info on hardboard interesting:
I Like it.

http://ampersandart.com/the-story-of-hardbord.php
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Re: Alternative to canvas?

This article in the Information Kiosk might help: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show...ighlight=panel

Here's another alternative if you already have a stock of canvas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NP3br4sx7Uo
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Re: Alternative to canvas?

Thank you for the info on the art boards (Masonite). I"m going to look into supplies here.
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Re: Alternative to canvas?

Several online art stores carry Dibond or AlumaComp aluminum supports. They were originally used for signs and murals outdoors because they are so durable. But many professional oil and acrylic artists are using them now. This is a list of prices from Jerry's:
http://www.jerrysartarama.com/alumac...ounting-panels

This is an article on how to prepare the panels. I got some Dibond samples which are already primed, but the cheaper supports are raw aluminum:
http://www.justpaint.org/painting-on-dibond/

If you do a search you'll find lots of videos and articles on how to use it.

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Re: Alternative to canvas?

There's also cradle boards. Essentially wood board panels with sides like a deep canvas, all wood. You just need to gesso over it before using it, then you can sand it lightly to have a super smooth surface.

http://www.dickblick.com/products/am...inting-panels/
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Re: Alternative to canvas?

A lot of the boards mentioned are very expensive compared to hardboard.
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Old 02-17-2017, 03:09 PM
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Re: Alternative to canvas?

the aluminum panels prepared by manufactures are relatively new...they are light in weight, don't rust, warp, ozse out undesirable constituants, and are not that expensive....many moons ago, I had access to Industrial aluminum sheets and painted on them after cleaning the surface of any oil, other undesirable....the tubed acrylics worked fine...I like to spend my time 'painting' not gessoing, sanding, etc....besides I don't want to breath all that sanding stuff into my lungs but to each their own...whatever gets the job done...
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