Cost: When comparing the same grade of canvas, stretching your own is typically more cost effective. You will save a lot of money over time. The catch is that you must buy in quantity, which implies higher upfront prices. However, the savings make it worth it!
How do you make your own canvas? Canvas is one of those things that you usually get for free in life - like white paper with ink on it or post-it notes. So obviously, you can't really "make your own" canvas. But that doesn't mean you can't create something that looks like canvas! These days, there are many different materials available for painting on; this includes but is not limited to canvas, wood, acrylic, and even metal. The most common material used for painting on glass is acrylic paint. Acrylic paint is easy to work with and won't crack or peel off like oil paints would.
There are two ways to make your own canvas: hand-made and store-bought. With hand-made canvas, you need only three items: canvas, tape, and paint. First, cover the entire surface of the canvas with tape. This is called "taping", and it makes removing the paint later on easier. Next, choose any type of art you want to paint and have fun!
Stretched canvas may be pricey, especially for novices, however canvas panels provide a high-quality, less-expensive alternative. These panels, which are often composed of primed cotton canvas fixed onto a rigid board, are ideal for practice and are lightweight and simple to transport, making them ideal for students. Canvas boards can also be bought pre-stretched at art stores.
Canvas boards have many uses in the art studio. You can use them to create visual compositions by tacking objects to their surface or pinning them down with thumbtacks. Canvas boards are also useful when you need to support materials that could damage a regular painting surface - for example, when working with acrylic paint.
There are several types of canvas boards on the market: flat boards, round boards, and panel boards. They all function pretty much the same, except for the fact that flat boards are only 1/4" thick while round boards are usually 1/2" thick. Panel boards are generally thicker than round ones; sometimes they're as thick as 3/4" but most often they're 1" or 1 1/4".
It's best not to mix and match parts of different canvas boards because the different thicknesses will cause the layers to bend under pressure, resulting in a warped image on your wall.
Canvas boards are easy to work with and come in various sizes.
Canvas panels simply require canvas and panels large enough to produce the required sizes, as well as adhesive. Surface mobility is reduced. The surface of a stretched canvas can shift in response to vibrations and temperature changes. A canvas panel's surface is substantially more stable. Canvas panels are recommended for outdoor use.
There are two types of canvases: flat and three-dimensional (also called sculptural). Flat canvases are ideal for painting figures or landscapes because you can work on several layers without worrying about them covering each other up. Three-dimensional canvases are used for modeling subjects after nature because you can create depth by adding layers of paint to the canvas. You can also add texture and detail to your paintings with various mediums including gesso, pastels, charcoal, and pencil.
Canvases come in many shapes and sizes. The most common shapes are square, rectangular, and circular. Canvas needs to be at least 1.9 times larger than the desired finished size because some of the perimeter will need to be cut away when it is rolled up. For example, if the final painting is 16 inches by 24 inches, then the canvas should be at least 25 inches by 36 inches.
There are two main types of stretchers: wood and metal. Wood stretchers are usually made of pine and taken to a lumberyard to have their lengths adjusted before being delivered to artists' suppliers.
High-quality canvas prints should not be expensive, but because the barrier to entry into printing high-quality canvases is high, businesses who possess $15,000 printers will demand a premium. Prints in various colors, for example, typically take longer to produce and command higher market rates.
In addition, quality materials make for quality prints. The ink used for canvas printing is very expensive, and since it is exposed to light and moisture, it must be changed periodically. Also, professional printers use only press machines or air printers; home users usually print with inkjet printers, which are less expensive but yield lower-quality results.
Finally, the size of your print matters when pricing your canvas. Businesses may ask for discounts if you print smaller sizes. For example, a company might be willing to pay $500 for a 12" x 18" print but not for a 4" x 6".
Overall, prints on canvas are expensive because they are created by hand and require special equipment. If you want to sell prints at a low price, then consider producing small quantities of them. Otherwise, keep production costs high to protect against future increases in value.