The Drawing Room

Canvas

Stretched Canvas

Stretched canvas has become the most common support medium for oil and acrylic painting.

At The Drawing Room we had an extensive range of sizes too choose from. We stock both cotton and linen canvases and are able to have sizes custom made for you.

Stretcher Bars

Stretcher bars are available for those artists who wish to stretch their own canvases. Stretcher bars allow you to have creativity over the sizes that you can use.

Watercolour Pads and Papers and Canvas

Artists select fine watercolour papers by finish and by weight. Manufacturers generally sell three or more finishes, usually labelled Rough, Cold Press (NOT), and Hot Press.

For transparent watercolours, most artists prefer a Rough or Cold Press finish. A smoother finish, such as Hot Press, is desirable for opaque watercolours, and for printmaking and drawing.

Rough
Watercolour paper has a prominent tooth, or textured surface. This creates a grainy effect as pools of water collect in the indentations in the paper.

Cold-pressed (NOT)
Watercolour paper has a slightly textured surface, somewhere in between rough and hot-pressed paper. It's the paper used most often by watercolour artists.

Hot-pressed
Watercolour paper has a fine-grained, smooth surface, with almost no tooth. Paint dries very quickly on it. This makes it ideal for large, even washes of colour.

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