Canvas Paper for Acrylic Painting

Canvas Paper - affordable option for acrylic painting. Smart Art Materials

In the previous post, we talked about Canvas - one of the best painting surfaces for acrylic paint. Another great painting support is a Canvas Paper, also known as Acrylic Paper. Canvas paper isn't a fabric but a paper with a surface texture that simulates a fabric canvas. It's a great inexpensive solution for everyone, especially beginners who need to practice without spending extra on art materials. The acrylic paper comes in different sizes and thicknesses and is also very handy for creating a collage

So what is the difference between regular paper and Canvas Paper?

Canvas Paper - affordable option for acrylic painting. Smart Art MaterialsWhat happens with the ordinary paper after we wet it? It deforms while drying. The same thing will happen after the use of water-based paints. On the other side, the acrylic paper is thick and heavyweight, which prevents warping, and has a textured surface to assure adhesion. The medium must adhere to the surface, but not be absorbed into the substrate. If you use the high-quality acrylic paper you can create permanent paintings. However, the regular canvas is much more preferable for serious artworks.

Heavyweight canvas paper can be bought in sheets or pads and supports all kinds of acrylic techniques. It's definitely a good idea to prime the front and back of the paper with acrylic gesso which will help paper stay sturdy during the painting. I use acrylic paper when I just want to practice, experiment or try something new, and not working on anything specific. Here are some of the best brands I've tried so far:

Did you ever try canvas paper? How did it work out for you? Let me know in a comment below! Also, please let me know if have any question! To find out more about different types of the painting surface, check out this article - The Best Surface for Acrylic Painting.



6 thoughts on “Canvas Paper for Acrylic Painting

  1. Rae Anne Pond says:

    This was a short article, but it packed a punch. Especially for a craft enthusiast like myself. I love to acrylic paint, usually figurines though, I never thought to try my talent on paper. I love crafts because they calm me when I am in an upset or frenzied mood. It is great for art therapy, I wanted to be an art therapist at one point. I like the way you laid out your page, great post!

    • Olga says:

      Hi Rae Anne, I’m glad it was helpful :))) Art therapist – sounds just amazing! I hope one day you will make it true.

  2. Vic Lees says:

    First of all-great article! I wish this paper was around when I was much younger. It sure would have helped. Do you know what the largest size available is?Is it possible to frame this?do you know how sturdy this paper is? Sorry for all the questions but I am just amazed at this product!

    • Olga says:

      Hi Vic, no problem, I love questions!))) This is definitely a great product, and yes, it can be framed, this is actually how I have all my painting done on canvas paper. It can get pretty big, I believe like 2 by 2 feet. This paper is much more sturdy and thick than a regular paper, but I always recommend to prime it with gesso on both sides to make it even more sturdy and durable. Let me know if you are going to have more question 🙂

  3. Chris Jones says:

    Great to the point article on Acrylic Paper. I didn’t know there was much of a difference as I’m just a hobby painter. I did purchase a package of canvases the other day and they weren’t that expensive but I am sure the Acrylic Paper is better for practicing. Is it really cheaper than canvas? 

    • Olga says:

      Hi Chris, it all depends on grade/quality… Pro-grade canvas paper can even be more expensive than low-grade cheap canvas. But on average, the paper is definitely cheaper. Plus you can frame it if painting turns out nice, and it doesn’t take as much room when canvases start to stock up if you are using them for practicing and not for sale.

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