If you are attracted by self-creating colorful paintings, then you must have heard about this art necessity: canvas board. For those who want to make their wall decorations by themselves, this easy and convenient tool can be the best companion for art crafts.
So here, we’re going to get to learn about the ultimate guide on how to use and frame a canvas board. And I will show you the best canvas board that I’ve tried.
What is canvas board?
Before we dive into the detailed information about canvas panels, we need to figure out what it is.
A Canvas board or you can call it a canvas panel, is a type of board that features a sheet of canvas sticking to it. It adopts adhesive for the canvas with a neutral pH or no acid, which can guarantee the quality and the original color not turning yellow. Perfect choice for designing your paintings like a beautiful landscape, sweet scenarios down below the sunset, or vivid juicy fruits! After completing your incredible works, you can even frame them flawlessly and decorate your sweet home or send your friends as lovely gifts.
What canvas panels are made from?
In the current market, different materials are used for making canvas panels considering the low cost, lightweight, diverse doable sizes, the difficulty of framing and carrying it around, etc. Most commonly, the canvas panels are made of a sturdy board, canvas, gesso for prime canvas, and adhesive helping to fix the canvas.
Therefore, we can find out a variety of canvas boards for artists to let their imagination go wind: stretched canvas with easels, cardboard canvas, wood canvas, or gesso board (without canvas primed with gesso), etc.
According to the feedback of most crafters, cardboard canvas is much more popular than stretched canvas with stretched bars. The pros are that it’s quite affordable, easy to find almost in every craft and art store, and portable to carry when you wanna make Plein air paintings outside.
Meanwhile, stretched canvas has no solid board behind it, which may cause you to make mistakes when coloring outside with sunshine getting through your paintings. And the cardboard canvas can fix this annoying problem.
But if you are a professional who prefers to create durable canvas paintings that are not easy to bend, you may think about canvas boards made of hardboard or wood, like gesso board, which is long-lasting and thick enough to resist bend after a long period without framing.
What can canvas board be used for?
As we said before, the canvas board is focused on creating paintings freely. They are suitable for Plein air paintings, collages, paintings with thick impasto, oil paintings, etc.
But you need to note that collage usually requires multiple layers of papers sticking together, and thick impasto asks for lots of paints performing iridescent colors. This means they need thick boards like gesso boards and hardboard canvas to hold them back so that the works will be less likely to warp.
How to frame canvas panels?
When you already finished your final painting, this is the last crucial part that you should pay attention to is framing the canvas panels. Here, we have three ways of framing: Plein air painting frames, regular painting frames, and floater frame kit.
The first one is the easiest, the Plein air painting frame. What you need to do is to search and buy this frame with a suitable size for your painting on Amazon or other shopping platforms. Dot several drops of silicone adhesive on your painting and put it into the blank frame, and then wait for several hours to let them dry and stick firmly. It’s done! Simple even for novices!
And the best part of this kind of frame is that it will not cover any of your pictures!
If you want to try to build a regular and classic frame by yourself for the concern of cost and enjoy the whole crafting fun, you can get some frame parts online and staple them together. Of course, you can also just get a complete one and turn your painting over back into the frame. There are specialized grooves along the 4 sides of the wood frame. Use a point driver or a staple gun to secure the painting in the right place. And finally, you can enjoy your excellent crafts!
The advantage of the wood frame is that you can switch the paintings as you need since the point can be easily bent over to release and install.
The last floater frame is the most complicated one for me because it always takes me quite a lot of time and effort. However, I also have to say that it emphasizes the brightness and excellent visual effect of your painting perfectly with no extra frame left outside overlapping the edges.
With an all-in-one floater frame kit, you can take good use of its extra blocks (wood spacers) and the strong adhesive. Measure the space of the frame edges and stick the blocks with adhesive on the center of each side of the canvas panel. According to your measurement, stick the other sides of the blocks to the frame edges and wait until they are connected very well. Remember to stuff some useless cardstock things into the gap between the panel and frame to make sure the panel can be still in place.
At last, you need a driller to drill the back frame and the fixed blocks and screw them firmly. Then, you can connect a wire if you want to hang this painting up. Complete!
If you don’t know which way is suitable to frame your panels, you can all give them a try and choose your favorite style!