Canvas & Art Surfaces

Prizm Art Stores supply the perfect surface for your next project. While stretched canvas is great for a beginner, you can also purchase primed or unprimed canvas by the yard so your project will be customized from start to finish.

At Prizm you will find trusted top names in canvas such as Fredrix® Artist Canvas as well as affordable entry level brands for beginners like Studio 71™. 

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    Stretched Canvas

    With a stretched canvas all you have to do is paint! Prizm Art Stores carry an array of stretched canvas made from materials like various weaves of cotton duck and linen.

    Each stretched canvas comes primed. For a beginner, double acrylic primed canvas is great to start with, but experts will be able to find canvases triple-primed with acid-free acrylic gesso at Prizm as well.

    Use these canvases for any oil or acrylic painting project, or browse our Fredrix® collection of stretched canvas for watercolor painting, made with 100 percent cotton and a specially formulated coating.

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    Canvas Panels

    Prizm’s selection of canvas panels are made from closely woven fine artist canvas, prepared by sizing and priming. Try using the panels for experimenting with new painting techniques or practice, then create the final project on a surface better suited for long-term preservation. These panels are the perfect universal media for painting with oil, casein, tempera, acrylic and collage.

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    Canvas Paper Pads

    Short on space, or trying to experiment with new techniques? Canvas pads are the perfect solution. These pads include sheets of cotton canvas that is primed and ready for oil or acrylic painting.

    When the painting is complete remove the sheet from the tape bound pad and stretch it or fame it for display. At Prizm artists can find canvas pads in a variety of sizes.

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    Clayboard, Gessoboard & Nature Board

    Instead of spending hours applying and sanding gesso, save time and paint with gessoboard from Prizm! Prizm carries a full supply of clayboards, gessoboards and nature boards that make creating exquisite art simple.

    Use a gessoboard for layering, glazing, alla prima and impasto in oils, acrylics, encaustics, alkyds and water-based oils. The finish is guaranteed to be exceptional, but also tough enough to hold up to rigorous painting techniques including palette knife painting, collage and masking.

    Clayboard is also great for an assortment of mediums. The smooth, absorbent clay coating is suited for acrylics, gouache, tempera, egg tempera, pens and inks, air brush and collage. Clayboard surfaces are both additive and subtractive, so try removing paint to add contrast, texture, tonal value and fine details. It is also well suited for projects that require an extremely smooth surface.

    Nature boards feature a smooth surface as well. Use them for acrylic, oil and collage projects to give them longevity and stability.

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    Gesso is the foundation of an acrylic or oil painting. It is applied onto a support or surface before it is painted to protect the support from paints that contain components that could damage it. It provides a surface for the paint to stick to and provides adhesion to paint.

    Prizm’s aisles are full of acrylic, clear, colored, sandable and traditional gesso from artists’ favorite brands such as Liquitex®, Golden® and Gamblin.

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    Canvas by the Yard

    Buy your canvas by the yard at Prizm Art Stores. Choose from light weight, medium weight and heavy weight 100 percent cotton canvases that come primed, or choose unprimed cotton canvas.

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    Canvas Stretcher Strips & Accessories

    After buying canvas by the yard, you’ll need a set of stretcher strips! Browse Prizm’s selection of standard and heavy duty stretcher strips which are peggable and adjustable with tongue and groove fits.

    Prizm also carries other accessories to make stretching your own canvas simple. Tools like canvas pliers, staple guns, bar clips and cross brace brackets will have you stretching canvas like an expert in no time.

Top Brands:

Studio 71™

Get more canvas and art surface advice from the knowledgeable associates at any of our Prizm locations. Our employees can help you find the ideal surface for your project and advise you on the best products for the job.

If you are visiting a Prizm store location to purchase a specific item, remember that stock varies by day and location, so call your nearest store before stopping in to make sure that the item is in stock and available.