Painting Surfaces


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 and watercolor pads for portable options.


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 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. 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 and 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.


WATERCOLOR PADS come in a variety of styles and surfaces. Whether you prefer
spiral or tape bound or watercolor blocks,
we offer a large selection. Choose between Strathmore Vision, Fabriano or Global Art as well as Canson Montval.
Most watercolor pads come in a standard
cold press 140lb paper. We have several options in both Arches and Global Art if
you prefer hot press or even 300lb paper.


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.