Canvas & Panels

Above Ground Art Supplies is your source for premium art supplies. We help artists in Toronto and across Southern Ontario elevate their work with quality tools and materials, including artist panels and painting canvas supplies.
Whether you’re looking to create textile art or a mixed-media masterpiece, we can help you put your art on canvas that will last. Shop our canvas and panel boards in-store at our brick-and-mortar locations or through our online art store.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are art panels used for?

Art panels act as stable surfaces for drawing, painting, and mixed-media art. They’re designed to resist buckling or warping, making them ideal for a range of mediums, including acrylics and oils.

What art supplies are best used on canvas?

A range of art supplies can be used on a canvas board, including acrylic paints, oil paints, watercolours, and mixed-media materials. Acrylic paint is a popular choice for canvas since it’s easy to work with and requires minimal supplies. Brushes and palette knives are typically used to apply acrylic paint to a canvas. Oil paint is also a popular option since its thick texture is well-supported on a stretched canvas.

What are the different types of canvas products?

There are a range of canvas products that can be used to house various art styles and techniques, including:

  • Canvas Pads
  • Canvas Panels
  • Canvas Rolls
  • Stretched Canvas

Choosing the right product for your project depends on several factors, including size, surface texture, and your chosen medium. Knowing your desired outcome for your art can help you select the right art panels or canvas for your needs.

What type of art can I use on canvas?

Canvas art is versatile and flexible and can be used to support a range of artistic mediums, including:

  • Painting: Canvas can support various painting materials and styles, from acrylics and oils to watercolours and mixed media.
  • Drawing: Canvas provides a sturdy surface for drawing with pencils, charcoal, pastels, markers, and ink.
  • Mixed-Media: Canvas boards can be incorporated with different materials and techniques, including texture paints, collages, and fabric.
  • Textile Art: Canvas can serve as a base for textile art, including embroidery, fabric painting, and quilting.
  • Printmaking: Canvas can be used for a range of printmaking techniques, from screen printing to block printing.

What painting canvas supplies and panel boards do Above Ground Art Supplies offer?

We offer a wide selection of painting canvas supplies, panel boards, and accessories, including:

  • Canvas Pads: With their flexibility and portability, canvas pads offer a versatile surface for painting and sketching no matter where you are.
  • Canvas Panels: When you need a stable surface to create art, canvas panels are ready to take on a wide range of media, including acrylics, oils, and paint markers.
  • Canvas Rolls: Compared to pre-stretched canvas, canvas rolls offer flexibility and cost-effectiveness that can help artists create unique work.
  • Cradled Panel Boards: Cradled panels are a great surface for oils, acrylics, watercolours, and mixed-media prints. They offer strong support and can be flipped over to create a shadow box.
  • Specialty Panels: Specialty panels are available in a range of materials, from linen to canvas, for endless artistic possibilities.
  • Stretched Canvas: With stretched canvas, the canvas is wrapped over a wooden frame and ready to go out of the box, allowing artists to use this material right away.
  • Stretcher Bars: Ideal for stretching canvas, wooden stretcher bars offer a stable framework for creating custom-sized canvases.
  • Canvas Tools & Accessories: From pliers to staple guns, the right canvas tools and accessories are essential to every stage of the canvas painting process.

How should I clean my canvas painting?

It’s important to carefully clean your canvas board to avoid damaging the artwork. Here are some steps to cleaning your canvas painting:

  1. Gently brush the surface of the painting with a soft, clean brush or a lint-free cloth to remove any loose dust or dirt.
  2. If there are specific areas with dirt build-up, you can spot-clean them with a mild cleaning mixture. Combine a small amount of mild dish soap with water and use a soft cloth to dab the area gently. Avoid rubbing, as this can damage the art.
  3. Avoid using harsh chemicals or solvents.
  4. Consider framing your canvas art under glass or acrylic to avoid future damage.

What brands of canvas and art panels do Above Ground Art Supplies carry?

We’re proud to offer a range of trusted brands for our canvas and art panel products, including:
  • Fredrix
  • Above Ground
  • Winsor & Newton
  • Liquitex
  • Ampersand
  • Legion
  • Old Holland Claessens
  • Jack Richeson

What other art materials do Above Ground Art Supplies offer?

In addition to our selection of panel boards and canvases, we offer a wide selection of all types of art supplies:

What sets Above Ground Art Supplies apart from other canvas art stores?

At Above Ground Art Supplies, we know first-hand the importance of quality when choosing art supplies and materials because we’re artists ourselves. We only source from the best canvas and panel suppliers. Whether you’re interested in painting or creating textile work, you can feel confident knowing each item we carry is designed to help you get the most out of your project. We’re committed to making shopping for your art supplies easier. With two retail locations and a wide selection of products online, artists and art students trust us to help them create their masterpieces.

Where can I buy canvas and panel supplies from Above Ground Art Supplies?

Above Ground Art Supplies is ready to help you put your art on a canvas with our selection of quality-made materials and accessories. Visit us in Toronto at one of our retail locations—74 McCaul Street or 2868 Dundas St. W. Can’t make it in person? Visit us online or give us a call at 416.591.1601.