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1. What is Canvas?

Canvas is an extremely durable, plain-woven fabric that can be used for a range of purposes. Usually made from cotton, linen or hemp, it’s popular as a painting surface when stretched across a wooden frame (called a ‘stretcher’) and coated with gesso to prevent the paint from coming into direct contact with the canvas fibres (which would eventually cause the canvas to decay). Canvas allows for larger formats with easy portability as they are lightweight and can be rolled. Canvas is less prone to warping and cracking than wood panels.

2. What is watercolor paper?

Watercolor papers are made with cotton fibres or wood pulp, or a mixture of both, specifically designed for painting with watercolors. There are three types of watercolor paper finish, which are related to how smooth it is – hot press (sleek and smooth), cold press (lightly textured) and rough (heavily textured). The best watercolor paper is 100% cotton having a weight of at least 140lb or 300gsm – it creates a smooth, fine paper that’s great at handling lots of water, creating effects like wet-on-wet painting, and gives an even finish when it’s dry. 

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