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We carry large sheets of watercolor paper (22" x 30") made by Arches, Fabriano, Fluid 100, and Yupo. We also carry several pads and blocks, for everyone from beginners looking for the highest value, to professionals who desire the highest quality. Check out our wet media field journals for portable options.


Masterpiece Premium Cotton Canvas, 7 oz. raw and 10.5 oz. after priming, has a medium weight and tooth surface and is suitable for use with acrylic, oil or alkyd paints. Stretched using MasterWrap technology, this canvas offers a drum-tight, archival surface that can be further adjusted using the pre-installed corner and brace keys. Folded corners and extra canvas selvage allow for re-stretching, and the clean staple free edges are great for display without a frame. The solid, finger-joint free, kiln-dried bars are milled with lumber harvested from sustainable forests in both Oregon and California. Key-able cross bracing offers additional strength, stability and warp resistance. Available in 3 profile depths: Vincent Pro has a 7/8" deep profile with a 5/16" lip, Monet Pro has a 1-1/2" deep profile with a 1/2" lip, and 3D Pro has a 2-1/2" deep profile.


ART ALTERNATIVES CRADLED PANELS are made of sanded birch plywood panels mounted on solid pine cradles (frame around the back), offering a smooth, strong surface preferred over canvas by many artists. They are more durable, virtually unable to flex or warp which normally causes paintings to crack. Great for painting in thick applications, palette knife work, mounting, encaustic, and mixed media. You can also flip them over for use as a shadow box, frame or tray. Available in two profile depths: 3/4" Studio and 1-1/2" Gallery.


AMERICAN EASEL cradled birch panels are constructed with a smooth, solid wood cradle (frame around the back) for strength and rigidity and a top quality birch face. Having a cradled back ensures no warping and makes for easy hanging. Choose between the FLAT (7/8”) or DEEP (1 5/8”) cradle depths. Panels do not need to be primed when using acrylics, but should be primed if using oils. These panels come both unprimed and primed with acrylic gesso. Get the best of both worlds and retain the beautiful wood patterns by priming your naked panel with clear gesso. American Easel panels are made locally in Salem, Oregon.


AMPERSAND ARTIST PANELS come in many different surfaces for a variety of different media. We carry watercolor & encaustic panels, as well as Scratchbord and traditional Gessobord for acrylics and oils.


ART ALTERNATIVES CANVAS PADS are perfect for Plein Air enthusiasts or artists looking for an economical way to practice techniques. They contain ten sheets of medium-weight, archival quality, acid-free canvas, each primed on one side with acrylic gesso. Suitable for oils, acrylics, pastels and mixed media.


STRATHMORE is one of the many brands we carry that make a selection of mixed media pads and boards, designed with subtly textured and absorbent surfaces that accept a variety of dry and wet media.


CANSON ACRYLIC PADS are manufactured in France. They contain heavyweight textured paper that is ideal for acrylic paint. It performs well whether the acrylic application is a thick paste or a thin wash.