Canvas

Canvas 

Browse our artist canvases at discount prices from leading brands like Winsor & Newton. Available in linen, cotton and in a variety of sizes like A1 & A3.
  • Canvas Boards & Pads

    Perfect for the artist on the go, our selection of canvas boards and pads come in a variety of sizes to suit your creative needs. Whether you're looking for a ready-to-use canvas pad for painting in the studio or on location, or you're fond of using watercolours on a sturdy canvas board, our range is ideal for any medium, including acrylics and oils. Our range includes linen canvas boards and canvas pads from leading manufacturers like Pebeo, Loxley and Fredrix. Shop the range!

  • Canvas Rolls

    If you love the process of stretching your own canvas before creating your masterpiece, we have a great range of canvas rolls to suit your needs. We stock primed and unprimed canvas rolls available in cotton and linen, made from high quality and tightly woven fibres, allowing you to stretch effortlessly and use with all media. For some artists, beginning a project with a canvas roll and going through the stretching process only enhances the sense of achievement upon completion of a work of art. View our range of canvas rolls today to get started!

  • Canvas Stretchers

    If you are a fan of painting on canvases, a quality canvas stretcher may be of good use to you. Our range of canvas stretchers offer the ideal solution for creating non-standard sized artwork. They are designed for a seamless fit and are crafted with quality wooden frames, enabling artists to customise their ideal canvas size. Available at excellent affordable prices, shop the range today.

  • Colouring-In Canvas

    The colouring-in craze has taken the world by storm! Our varied range of colouring-in canvas is perfect for anyone looking to create a beautiful and vibrant work of art with markers, pens or paint. With individual print designs available from Johanna Basford for a more advanced project to packs containing designs perfect for children, our selection of quality colouring-in canvas offers something for everyone!

  • Stretched Cotton Canvas

    With different sizes of stretched cotton canvas available, you can be sure we can provide everything you need. Our cotton canvas products are high-quality to make sure that you have the best materials when working on your art project. Cotton canvas is perfect for all kinds of paint and is the surface of choice for most artists. Our products include a variety of cotton canvas sizes from some of the biggest brands such as Winsor & Newton and Daler-Rowney. Cotton canvas is an affordable option and is suitable for beginners and expert painters alike. Shop online today.

  • Stretched Linen Canvas

    Looking for a fresh canvas to create beautiful artwork on? At Cowling and Wilcox, we supply a wide selection of stretched linen canvases in a variety of different sizes. Stretched linen canvases provide the perfect surface to support painting, and are a surprisingly forgiving painting surface. Stocked from leading brands such as Winsor & Newton and Loxley. Shop online today.

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Happiness is a blank canvas waiting for that first pencil mark or stroke of a paintbrush. Whatever your desired medium or level of expertise, we have the best artist canvas for your needs. Cotton canvas is fantastic for a wide range of purposes and is especially suited for acrylic and oil paints. For more professional use we’d recommend linen artist canvas, and for watercolour we offer a great selection of canvas board. All of our artist canvas comes in many different sizes, from some of the best brands including Winsor & Newton, Reeves and Johanna Basford. All of our artist canvas comes in many different sizes, including A1, A2, A3 and A4. Our range of artist canvas includes blank canvas boards and pads, canvas rolls, framed canvas and stretched canvas. Start browsing our artist canvases now from leading brands like Winsor & Newton, Reeves and Johanna Basford.

Do you need to use canvas for painting?

Looking at canvas can be daunting and it might be tempting to stay on paper or sketchbooks. However, using canvas has many benefits for your art. Canvas is far more durable than paper, meaning that you can layer more paint for a more textured composition. Your art will also last longer on canvas than paper, especially if you varnish your finished work. 

There are of course other options depending on your preferred painting style. Read blogs on our website to be inspired and find out How To Paint On Wood and more.

Can you paint straight on to canvas?

Before putting paint directly on the canvas, it’s important to prime your canvas. It is recommended to use Gesso, like Winsor and Newton’s Galeria Gesso, when priming. This first layer protects the fibres of the canvas from damage and provides a base layer for your colours to stand out against. Your paint will go further, as it will not be absorbed by the canvas.

Priming your canvas can also soften the canvas surface, making it kinder on your brushes so they do not deteriorate as quickly. However, at Wilcox and Cowling we offer a range of primed canvas, such as the Cowling & Wilcox White Primed Cotton Canvas Roll, so that you don’t have to. For more details on priming, check out our Tips For Priming A Canvas on our blog.

How do you paint on canvas?

The first step for painting on canvas is to prime the surface and let the Gesso dry completely. It is then possible for you to inspect your painting surface and carefully sand down any unwanted textures - but be careful not to remove too much of the primer you just applied!

After primer, many artists use a toner. This is a light wash of paint, usually mixed with a solvent, that will show through the next layers of paint. This colour can set the tone for the rest of the piece, i.e. a grey or blue backwash best suits a cold or misty landscape, however you can pick a contrasting backwash for a more experimental piece. During this step, you can also sketch the outline of any objects in your painting. 

Next is to get painting! Visit our blogs on our website for inspiration on what to paint or more details on How to Paint on Canvas.