7 Best Canvas for Acrylic Pouring

When trying to get awesome acrylic pours, we often pay very close attention to the paints and pouring medium we are using, however, sometimes we forget about how important it is to have a good canvas.

Yes, regular cheap canvases are great for practicing and building your skills, however, sometimes those cheap canvases can also cause issues like paint not sticking to the canvas' surface, a saggy painting surface, and more. 

So I will give you 7 great options to choose from. Let's take a look at some more affordable canvases and also at some thicker and more professional canvases.

Brand Name

Rating

Price

Best for Beginners

Blick Studio

4.5/5 Stars

Best Value

Blick Premier

4.5/5 Stars

2nd Best Value

US Art Supply: Freedom Series

4/5 Stars

Best Unusual Shape

Fredrix Convexo Beveled Edge Canvas

5/5 Stars

2nd Best Unusual Shape

Masterpiece Round and Oval Pro Canvas

5/5 Stars

Best Professional Canvas

Winsor & Newton

Professional CottonCanvas

5/5 Stars

2nd Best Professional Canvas

Blick Premier Heavyweight

4/5 Stars

1. Blick Studio

The Blick Studio Canvas is a great buy for beginners that want a decent quality canvas at an affordable price. 

The Blick Studio Canvas is my #1 option for beginners.

The Good Stuff:

  • Available in different sizes and depths. 
  • Tripple primed with acid-free titanium gesso.
  • Primed weight of approximately 10.5 oz.
  • Hand-stretched and back-stapled around solid wood stretcher bars.
  • Larger canvas sizes are braced for extra support. Cross brace configurations may vary by size and style.
  • Great for beginners.

The Bad Stuff:

  • Some batches might have canvases that are not stretched properly. 

2. Blick Premier

The Blick Premier is my first choice when it comes to getting the best value. Their canvas are good quality at an affordable price.

Plus you have many sizes and depths to choose from!

The Good Stuff:

  • Affordable price.
  • Maximum archival stability and durability.
  • Available in different sizes and profiles (depths).
  • Triple primed with professional-grade, acid-free gesso.
  • 15 oz post primed weight.
  • Fabric evenly stretched around Blick Premier solid wood stretcher bars. 
  •  Kiln-dried for warp-resistance and long-term stability. 
  • Canvases are available in two stretched options, Hand-Splined (minimal staples and no bulky corner folds due to cut corners) or Back-Stapled (uncut corners and generous selvage allow for future. Keys are included for tension adjustments).
  • Larger canvas sizes are braced for extra support. 

The Bad Stuff:

  • Some users complained about badly wrapped corners and loosely stretched canvases.

3. US Art Supply Freedom Series

The US Art Supply Freedom Series is my second choice for best value. They are very affordable while still having a decent quality. 

Available in square and 
rectangular sizes.

The Good Stuff:

  • Available in a pack at an affordable price. 
  •  Triple Primed with Acid-Free White Gesso.
  • 12 oz post primed weight. 
  • Kiln-Dried Stretcher Bars from Environmentally Managed Forests.
  • Different sizes available.

The Bad Stuff:

  • Not available in different depths.
  • A few complaints about the frame being warped and the canvas not being stretched enough.

4. Fredrix Convexo with Beveled Edges

The Fredrix Convexo is my favorite canvas when I want an unusual shaped canvas or a canvas with a beveled edge.

The Good Stuff:

  • Three-dimensional, beveled, stretched canvas that needs no framing.
  • Medium-textured, pure cotton duck canvas.
  • Pre-primed and mounted on a sturdy, non-adjustable wooden frame.
  • 1½" (38 mm) beveled edges.
  • Acid-free surface.
  • Available in oval, round, or rectangle shape.

The Bad Stuff:

  • A little bit more expensive than traditional canvas.

5. Masterpiece Round and Oval Pro Canvas

Masterpiece carries oval and round shaped canvases for those who don't want to go with the traditional square or rectangle shaped painting.

The Masterpiece Pro Canvas is my second choice when it comes to making less-traditionally shaped paintings. 

The Good Stuff:

  • Super sturdy.
  • Archival-quality and acid-free painting surface with medium tooth and texture.
  • Triple-primed with acrylic gesso.
  • Post primed weight is 14.6 oz.
  • Solid MDF frames with a ¾" profile.
  • Masterpiece Oval and Round Pro Canvases are stretched drum-tight and have paintable edges.

The Bad Stuff:

  • Somewhat more expensive than rectangular or square shaped canvases.
  • Not available in sizes larger than 12 inches.

6. Winsor & Newton Professional

The Winsor & Newton Professional Canvas is definitely one of my favorite canvas overall. It is a very well made canvas at a moderate price.

If you are looking for a canvas that will not disappoint, then go for this one.

The Good Stuff:

  • Made from the finest-grade cloth.
  • Hand-stretched for outstanding tension with expertly tailored corners.
  • Canvases 10" × 10" and larger include the Pro-Stretcher, an innovative stretching device that's custom-made for Winsor & Newton.
  • Primed with a highly pigmented acid-free acrylic gesso.
  • Balanced absorbency and tooth provide improved adhesion and uncompromised color vitality.
  • Post primed weight is 16.9 oz.
  • Professionally constructed frames are crafted from heavy-duty, kiln-dried solid pine stretcher bars and rigorously tested for warp-resistance.
  • Back-stapled with folded, uncut corners for extra cloth if needed.
  • Available in Traditional or Deep Edge profile.

The Bad Stuff:

  • Not available in depths greater than 1- 5/8 inches.

7. Blick Premier Heavyweight

The Blick Premier Heavyweight is my second choice when it comes to using a professional canvas. 

I love that this is a very heavyweight and sturdy canvas.

The Good Stuff:

  • Intended for the most demanding professional.
  • More stable and durable than lighter-weight canvas so it stands up well to heavier paint applications. 
  • Made with 100% top-grade, archival-quality cotton.
  • Hefty 20 oz post primed weight.
  • Hand-stretched and back-stapled on heavy-duty kiln-dried stretcher bars made from solid pine.
  • Blanket-fold corners assure ease of re-stretching. 
  • Frame with tenon corners for added strength. Eight keys included for minor adjustments to the frame over time.
  • Cross-bracing on the larger sized canvas for extra stability under tension.
  • Canvas have good depths of 1-3/8" to 2"

The Bad Stuff:

  • Possible issues with wrapper and tags getting stuck to the gesso coating.
  • Bigger canvases (36x36 inches or bigger) can be a little loose.
  • Not available in smaller profiles (smallest profile is 1-3/8 inch).

Which Canvas Should You Choose

All of the above options are great choices, however, here are some extra tips to help you make your decision easier.

  • If you are planning on selling your paintings, then consider purchasing a canvas with a higher profile (depth of 1.5" or more) as it can give your painting a luxury look. 
  • If you are a beginner who just wants to build your skills and get better at pour painting, then get one of the more affordable options.  No need to waste money on a higher quality canvas that you might not end up keeping or selling.
  • Consider the size. Even though bigger paintings require more paint and might be a little bit harder to manipulate when paint pouring, they are also more fun and look better when hung up on a wall. Smaller canvases are better for testing out techniques or color palettes. 

Common Questions About Paint Pouring on Canvas

Let me answer some of the most common questions related to paint pouring on canvas. 

Can you acrylic pour on canvas?

Yes! In fact, many artists mostly do acrylic pouring on canvas. However, other surfaces such as ceramic tiles, wood, glass, and rocks can also be used for paint pouring.

How do you prepare a canvas for acrylic pouring?

If you purchased a pre-primed canvas, then all you need to do is put some frog tape on the back of your canvas so you can get a clean back after paint pouring. Other than that, there are not extra steps needed to start acrylic pouring over your canvas.

If your canvas is not primed or you made your own stretched canvas from scratch, you will need to add a coat of gesso to the canvas' surface. This will slightly texturize and prepare the surface for receiving paint without the paint soaking through the weave.

Is gesso necessary for acrylic pouring?

It depends. If the canvas you purchased is already primed (most canvas already come primed) for acrylic painting, then you don't need gesso. However, if you are making your own stretched canvas from scratch, you will definitely need to add a coat of gesso to help your paint stick to the canvas' surface. 

What type of canvas to use for an acrylic pour?

I recommend that you purchase a stretched canvas that has been previously primed. Do not use canvas panels as those are cheap alternatives to stretched canvas that will warp when pour painting. 

Canvas panels are thinner than stretched canvas. They are made out of a lightweight board with a layer of canvas glued to it.  

Stretch canvas are canvas that have been stretched over a wooden frame and stapled on the back of the frame. 

Final Thoughts

All of the brands mentioned above have some awesome canvases. Once in a while someone might get a bad batch. If you end up in that position, just reach out to their customer service. They seem to be pretty good at helping their customers with a refund or replacement.

Also keep in mind that the best canvas for you will depend on your level of skills and the feel you want to give your painting.

What is best for me might not be the best for you, so feel free to switch from one brand to another if you are not happy with your results.

I hope this guide was helpful! Until next time, Keep Living Life One Pour at a Time!


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