AUREUO 3-Inch x 3-Inch Stretched Mini Canvas, 24-Pack
Last updated date: August 24, 2021
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These mini canvases are constructed from a high-grade long-staple cotton. That means the fibers are strong and flexible. Artists will love the white surface, which is a result of the canvases being triple-primed with acid-free gesso.
In our analysis of 6 expert reviews, the AUREUO 3-Inch x 3-Inch Stretched Mini Canvas, 24-Pack placed 1st when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
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100% COTTON CANVAS - Made from high-grade long-staple cotton. Without rinsed with any alkaline chemicals, it keeps the natural tone and the fiber flexibility of the cotton yarns with high tensile strength. TRIPLE PRIMED - Each canvas is triple-primed with acid-free gesso to create a non-yellowing surface. Perfect for kids, students, and professional artists. Works great with acrylic & oil paints. STRETCHER BARS - Made from pine wood. Durable and convenient to carry. All canvases are back glued to the stretcher bars. MULTI-USE - Festival ornaments, kids crafting, miniatures, theme paintings, table cards, hobby projects, and other decorative paintings. Displaying suggestions: creating desktop inspiration, themed visual library, collage art, tabletop easel, and shelf display. SPECIFICATIONS - CANVAS SIZE - 3x3 inch; PROFILE - 2/5 inch; UNPRIMED WEIGHT - 4oz., PRIMED WEIGHT - 8oz.; PACK - 24. Lightweight, easy to handle, carry, and display. Great for home projects, classroom art activities, and other decorating projects. Perfect painting canvas for artists, students, beginners & kids.
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Artist and educator Amy Markham is the creator of Starling, a podcast dedicated to helping artists develop depth in their creative practice. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Amy has been an art educator since 2001. Today, she teaches middle school art at a school outside of Memphis, Tennessee. Her personal artwork explores myth-making and symbolic understandings. Through her brand, Starling Creative Living, she leads others to explore art production as a method for enriching their life experience.
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An Overview On Mini Canvases
Ask any artist: It can be intimidating, staring down a big, blank canvas. And while wall-size paintings might be what you think of when you picture a professional, working artist, there’s no rule that says a canvas has to adhere to a particular size.
Enter the mini canvas. You’ll find them sold in bulk at most any art supply store, and artists of any level of experience should have a few. Beginners can use them to sharpen their skills and boost their confidence by creating smaller works of art in less time. Established artists might use them to do quick studies, create a series of grouped pieces or distribute them in class for bite-sized lessons.
There’s no set size that’s standard, but the usual rule of thumb is that anything under 4″ x 6″ is a mini canvas. The shape is usually square, or slightly rectangular. The construction of a mini canvas is usually the same as its full-size counterpart: a sheet of specially-woven fabric, stretched tightly over a wooden frame.
Depending on what paints you work with, the material on the business side of the canvas will matter. But for beginners cracking open their first set of acrylics, our resident art expert Amy Markham says you can tell a lot about quality with a quick look at the back.
“No matter the size of the canvas you are buying, if it is stretched you want to make sure it has a sturdy frame,” says Markham, who also teaches middle school art and hosts a creativity podcast. “Also check to see if the canvas is stretched tightly and secured well on the back. Most mini canvases are secured with staples on the back of the frame, so you want to check to see that the material is well secured and that there are no loose areas.”
Now about the actual canvas itself. These days, canvas is typically woven in single-ply from cotton or linen. Of the two, linen is the higher quality, and you’ll see that reflected in the price. Prior to the 20th century, canvas was made exclusively with linen, which was prized for its ability to hold oil paints. It’s still best for oil today.
Most mini canvases, though, will be made of cotton. That material works just fine for acrylics and properly primed oils and typically stretches better across the frame. Most cotton is plain woven, but you’ll also find the more deluxe duck canvas. No, it’s not made of duck. The word derives from the Dutch doek, meaning “cloth.” Duck canvas boasts a tighter weave, making it sturdier and more able to hold its shape.
Finally, most mini canvases are primed. (In fact, you might have to search harder to find one that’s untreated.) That means they are coated with a layer of that painter’s pal known as gesso. Ingredients vary, but gesso is essentially made from white pigment mixed with some sort of glue or binder. When it coats the canvas, it allows paints to bind more easily, and it’s particularly essential if you’re painting with oils. It also smooths out the surface, masking the texture of the cloth and making it a perfect support for fine lines and brushwork.
The Mini Canvas Buying Guide
- If you’re buying a mini canvas, you usually have a good idea of how you want to display them. But it’s good to give thought to how you’re actually going to paint on them, too. Many mini canvases come with tiny easels that are a perfect fit, allowing you to easily prop up and work on them. And hey, if you’re giving your miniature masterpiece as a gift, they make for a quaint display option as well.
- Whatever the size of your canvas, you’ll want to pay some attention not just to the length and width of the wooden frame, but the depth. There are two standard thicknesses when it comes to canvas: deep or traditional. Traditional canvas stretchers are about 3/4 inch thick on the sides, which is just about enough for hanging by a nail, or (more ideally) for framing. If you plan on leaving the canvas unframed, consider a deep style. Deep canvas will stand out more boldly on a wall, and you can even paint the sides, incorporating them into the art and adding a 3-D feel.
- When you’re working on wall art, a mini canvas can be great for playing around with themes. The small size makes them perfect for displaying in groups, arranged in some sort of geometric order. Think patterns for abstracts, alternating colors, comic book panels — anything complimentary that draws the eye into a visual story.
- To prime or not to prime? If you’re just starting out, bulk packages of mini canvases will make the decision an easy one. Most of them will be primed with a layer of gesso, making them equally receptive to acrylics or oil paints. They also make for a smooth, even painting surface. And while that’s ideal for most, some artists might want a little texture on their art. Just keep in mind that while acrylics will still adhere just fine to untreated canvas, the color might be a bit duller. Oil, however, will need either that gesso layer or a good linen canvas.
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