Surfaces

WATERCOLOR PAPER

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 CANVAS

MASTERPIECE STRETCHED CANVAS  is a top-quality, professional surface for oil or acrylic painting. This 100% cotton canvas is sized and double-primed with acrylic gesso, yielding an archival, acid-free, pH-neutral surface.Clean, paintable, staple-free edges are perfect for an elegant frameless display. Uncut, folded corners and extra canvas selvage leave the canvas intact and re-stretchable on the same size frame. Masterpiece Monterey Cotton Canvas is available in two profiles:Monet Pro — 1-1/2" profile with a 1/2" relief between the bar face and canvas back.Vincent Pro — 7/8" profile with a 5/16" relief between the bar face and canvas back.

ART ALTERNATIVE CRADLE PANELS

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 PANELS

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

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. Flat panels can be framed or mounted. Cradled panels can be hung on a wall with no additional framing. The edges are sanded, so you can apply your favorite ground to create an extra dimensional painting. Ampersand panels are archival and acid-free and made from sustainable forest products.

CANVAS PAD

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 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 PAD

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.