Compare the Artist Canvas Range

We've created a quick summary of the canvas available online at Cass Art. All our canvas is available for Next Day Delivery UK wide and standard delivery to parts of Europe. View the full page here.

 

Depth

Wood Type

Weight

Material

Texture

Primer

Cass Art Artists Cotton Canvas Exhibition Grade Quality

35mm

Spruce Wood

335gsm

Cotton

Medium

Sized & three layers of primer

Cass Art Artists Natural Linen Canvas Exhibition Grade Quality

35mm

Spruce Wood

320gsm

Linen

Medium

Sized & three layers of clear primer

Cass Art Cotton Canvas

17mm

Spruce Wood

320gsm

Cotton

Medium

Sized & three layers of primer

Cass Art Cotton Deep Edge Canvas

35mm

Spruce Wood

320gsm

Cotton

Medium

Sized & three layers of primer

Loxley Gold Artists Canvas

17mm

Pinewood

370gsm

Cotton

Medium

Sized & three layers of primer

Loxley Gold Deep Edge Artists Canvas

36mm

Pinewood

370gsm

Cotton

Medium

Sized & three layers of primer

Winsor & Newton Professional Cotton Deep Edge Canvas

42mm

Pinewood

480gsm

Cotton

Fine

titanium dioxide

Winsor & Newton Professional Cotton Fine Detail Canvas

21mm

Pinewood

280gsm

Cotton

Very Fine

titanium dioxide

Winsor & Newton Professional Cotton Canvas

21mm

Pinewood

480gsm

Cotton

Fine

titanium dioxide

Winsor & Newton Classic Linen Canvas

19mm

Spruce Fir & Paulownia

350gsm

Linen

Very Fine

titanium dioxide

Winsor & Newton Classic Cotton Canvas

19mm

Spruce Fir & Paulownia

350gsm

Cotton

Medium

titanium dioxide

Winsor & Newton Classic Cotton Deep Edge Canvas

35mm

Spruce Fir & Paulownia

350gsm

Cotton

Medium

titanium dioxide

 

  

Priming your canvas

  • Start by using a clean synthetic or hog hair brush.
  • Load the brush with a primer and apply to the surface of the canvas in long strokes in various directions.
  • Keep the layers as thin as possible, you can dip the brush into water for acrylic primer or solvent for oil primer to help dilute the primer.
  • Leave an acrylic primer to dry for at least 3 – 4 hours and an oil primer to dry overnight.
  • You can apply multiple layers of primer, the most popular is 2 – 3 layers. The more layers you use the less absorbent the canvas will be and the more vibrant the colours painting onto will appear.
  • If you’d like to make the surface extra smooth you can run sandpaper over the surface.

For oil painting you’ll also need to size the canvas so the oil from the paint doesn’t seep into the fibres and cause them to be damaged over time. Traditionally, artists use rabbit skin glue.

Primer can also be tinted with colour before applying it onto the canvas to give the base layer a warm or cool hue. There are also transparent primers available if you’d like to keep the raw canvas colour and texture.

Acrylic paint can be painted onto raw canvas but the fibres in the canvas may absorb some of the paint leading to a less vibrant colour. 

  

Mixed media on Canvas

If you’d like to use watercolour on canvas you can prime the surface with an absorbent ground from brand such as Golden or Schmincke, these will create a permeable surface for absorbing the watercolour. Pastels you can use a pastel primer which will help to create a coarse surface for the pastels to grip to.