What is the best surface for acrylic painting? A lot of painting beginners wonder about it, and for a reason.
Painting surface, also called painting support (or painting substrates), is a very important component of the creative process, and choosing the right one can make a huge difference.
Working with Acrylic Paint is beneficial because you have a wide range of surfaces to choose from. Broadly speaking, you can paint on any surface that is not oily and not completely smooth (like glass).
Now, let's take a closer look at some of the most popular and convenient painting surfaces for acrylics.
The Best Surface for Acrylic Painting - Overview of Favourites
Canvas was, is and probably will be the most popular painting surface among artists. By all means, it's definitely one of the best painting supports and my number one recommendation. So what makes canvas so good? First of all - it's longevity and durability, second - it's texture, the weave of the cloth makes a great surface for most paints to adhere, and the last reason - finished canvas painting looks quite presentable, although it mostly depends on the painting itself. 😉
Canvas is available in different forms, so please check out this article - Canvas for Painting - to find out which one suits your needs best.
Wood Panel and Hardboard
Your next option is Hardwood Panel. Wood panels, in general, are almost as traditional as the canvas and have been in use for a while. The only serious downside of this option is that good quality hardwood panels are quite expensive. And this is when hardboard comes into play - durable and sturdy, hardboard (also called masonite) is an inexpensive alternative to wood panels, and it's very popular among pros and beginners.
Unless you buy a pre-primed product, both wood and hardboard panels have to be sanded and primed with gesso before paint application (to give a surface some tooth for the paint to grip). MDF can also be used the same way as hardboard.
My last recommendation is Canvas Paper. Acrylic painters enjoy using paper because of its similar to canvas texture and very affordable price. Canvas Paper also known as acrylic paper, comes in a variety of sizes and is great for practicing and experimenting. It's highly recommended to prime this paper prior to painting. Click here to get more information about this option.
Get to practice!
I hope this article helps and now you know what is the best surface for acrylic painting. What's is next? Definitely read about different types of canvas, and experiment with all the painting supports available to you, as this is the only way to figure out what works the best. Have fun painting and please let me know if you have any questions