What is the best surface to paint on for fluid art?
It can be overwhelming when you start painting, or start working in a new style to figure out what type of canvas or board is best for the artwork you plan to paint.
Whilst stretched canvas and wooden boards are generally the most common choices, and are readily available from art suppliers in a variety of types; from stretched circle canvas, square or rectangular linen, or wooden boards – there are also many other surfaces which can be used too.
Some Artists are known to be thrifty, using materials like cardboard, plastic, glass or metal – these among other materials which can be salvaged are possible to use to make an artwork with. However, it is important to consider the pros and cons of substrates or surfaces so you get an optimal result and long lasting painting.
Fluid art, resin art and other techniques which harness the properties of liquified acrylic paint or pigment require certain considerations before you start painting. What will the final weight of the artwork be? Will the paint and medium bind to the chosen surface?
Let’s consider a few of the more commonly available surfaces, and their compatibility with fluid art.
As Resin and Fluid art utilise large amounts of liquid and paint though, stretched canvas can only be used in smaller sizes before you might possibly encounter issue with the paint pooling in areas where it is weighing down the canvas.
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Other possible surfaces which will accept resin or fluid techniques could include –
Tiles or Ceramics – which can be used with out preparation to create outdoor coasters or just for affordable experimentation.
Above all else – experiment! Try things on small scale first and test whether they will work before delving into larger sizes.