All You Need To Know About Canvas Art

Wall paintings have become very common house decorations. They have become a significant part of interior design. The market is packed with a wide range of options suited for different people. For instance, beach canvas art is currently very popular as home décor. That being said, in this post, we look at canvas art. 

What is canvas art?

Canvas art, also known as canvas print, is an image printed from an inkjet printer and onto a canvas. A canvas is a type of printing material. It can also be defined as a painting made on a canvas. After the image is printed or painted, the canvas is then stretched onto a frame. However, this is not mandatory because some people prefer to have frameless borders. When creating unframed canvas art, most people prefer to use the gallery-wrap method. This is where the canvas with the image is printed wrapped around stretcher bars and secured to a frame.

The canvas material

Canvas is a type of fabric created using hemp. However, modern types of canvas are made from a combination of cotton and linen instead. Regardless of the raw materials, the canvas is usually very strong and durable. The only difference between different types of canvas is usually the color and quality.

Types of canvas used to make wall art

Below are some of the most common types of canvas used to make wall art pieces or prints;

1. Cotton Duck

This is the most prevalent of all types of canvas. Its popularity can be attributed to the fact that it is the cheapest type on the market. Contrary to its name, this type of canvas is not sourced from the actual duck. The term duck is a dutch word for cloth; hence its application in this instance. Cotton duck canvases come in a wide range of weights and weave, depending on their manufacture. They are generally incredible products, and they soak in paint used in creating wall art pieces incredibly. The downside is that they tend to stretch over time.

2. Linen

Linen cavas is more costly than the cotton duck. Its high cost can be attributed to the fact that it is made from fibers sourced from the flax plant, making it one of the highest qualities. Its expensiveness is also contributed by the fact that it is not likely to stretch. For this reason, it is an excellent choice for large wall paintings.

It also performs well when it comes to heavy paint applications. Like its counterpart, it comes in a wide array of textures and weights. The textures range from smooth to very rough. Rough linen canvases are an excellent choice for the palette knife and abstract paintings since they require a lot of texture. On the other hand, smoother linen canvases are ideal for highly detailed works and portraits.


The market is packed with a wide range of canvas art pieces that you can use in any room in your house. Therefore, it is up to you to make the right choice depending on your taste and preferences. However, having some knowledge of types of canvases would come in handy during the selection process.