Paintings can come on a variety of different surfaces, stretched canvas is the traditional one but I also like to use boards, panels, watercolour paper and even sometimes more modern materials like glass and acrylic glass. This is a quick look at some of the options for paintings

A Stretched Canvas

A stretched canvas is a piece of canvas stretched over four wood batons that form the edges and it's stapled on the back. The edges can be painted or left plain. The fittings for hanging the painting go on the back and it can be hung framed or unframed. It's nice and light but it is possible to damage the painting, if something were to apply pressure to the painting for example, the canvas would stretch and once that happens it can't be undone.  So more care is needed in shipping and moving paintings on stretched canvas.
Suitable for oils, acrylics and multimedia.

 
  

A Painting On Board

A board is a flat board with either a canvas surface or a smooth surface to paint on. It's nice and rigid and a bit more robust than a painting on canvas which makes it ideal for shipping but it will need a frame before you can hang it on the wall.
Suitable for oils, acrylics, resin and multimedia.


  

A Painting On A Panel

A panel is the best of both worlds and its the one I use most. It's a wood board with four wood edges on the back that supports the board, rather like a solid version of a stretched canvas. It can have a canvas or a smooth gesso surface, even a paper surface. The edges of the panel can be painted or left plain. The rigid wood surface for the painting makes it ideal for shipping. Like a stretched canvas the fittings for hanging the painting go on the back and it can be hung framed or unframed.
Suitable for oils, acrylics, resin and multimedia.

 

A Painting On Paper

For watercolour paintings I use a rough surface paper, usually Fabriano. A painting on paper will need to be mounted and framed before you can hang it on the wall.
Suitable for watercolour and watermedia.

 

A Painting On Canvas Sheet

If you want to mount and frame your painting the way you would a painting on paper, but you prefer the style of oils I can paint on a sheet of canvas. This can come to you rolled in a tube for protection and makes it easier and cheaper to ship large paintings. Once the canvas arrives it can be mounted and framed or I can have it mounted and framed for you.
Suitable for oils and acrylics.

A painting on canvas sheet mounted and framed

Contemporary Finishes

A Painting On Glass

A painting on glass is a contemporary finish that can be applied to a digital painting or a print. The painting is printed on high quality paper and mounted to a sheet of of polished glass by a specialist framer. The piece comes with a special mounting system on the back so that it can be hung on the wall without a frame so it looks like it's floating over the wall. This is an expensive process and expensive to ship as glass is fragile.
Suitable for digital paintings and prints.

 

A Painting On Acrylic Glass

A painting on acrylic glass is a contemporary finish that can be applied to a digital painting or a print. The artwork is backed with perspex, aluminium or dibond then clear Perspex is mounted over the top for a very contemporary look. The piece comes with a special mounting system on the back so that it can be hung on the wall without a frame so it looks like it's floating over the wall. Acrylic glass is less expensive than glass and easier to ship as it's much less fragile.
Suitable for digital paintings and prints.

A Painting On Metal

Printed on an aluminium Dibond panel and laminated with a fine, glossy, UV film. It’s strong but surprisingly light weight, so even very large images can hang on the wall easily. It comes ready to hang with a hanging system on the back of the panel. It doesn’t need a frame (although it can be framed) and once hung it looks like it’s floating on the wall.
Suitable for digital paintings and prints.

A painting on Aluminium


If you are thinking of framing your painting have a look at some framing options.