Your Questions About Canvas Paintings Cheap

William asks…

Where can I find cheap art & paintings in NYC?

I’m looking to buy some large prints and paintings on canvas, but I don’t have a large budget at all. Are there any places in NYC (Manhattan preferably) that sells amateur paintings, cheap reproductions, or anything that’s cheap?

Timo answers:

On canvas may be a little harder more challenging but the street vendors around Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Chinatown, South Street Seaport etc (all the touristy places) have great pics of the city, people and more for very reasonable prices. Check out the weekly craft shows, flea markets, craigslist, and special events. Check out nycvisit.com for special events and inexpensive options for not only art – just about everything else as well. Good Luck!

Maria asks…

Where can I find cheap canvas?

I usually buy pre-stretched canvas for my paintings but it is starting to get quite exspensive due to the large scale peices I create. I’m trying to find a place to purchase canvas at a good price. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.
-Thanks

Timo answers:

Go to a framer. They can make canvases for you if you need them in very large sizes. I’m not talking about a retail store. A REAL FRAMER.

Check with the museums for an art group.
Art groups may buy bulk, if not see about getting them to do a bulk order.

Personally I make my own canvases. Sometimes I buy the stretcher bars, other times I make them. Maybe find a good craftsman and have them make them for you. You could prime the canvases yourself if you buy the Gesso (about 20.00 a gallon) and a ground (about 16.00 32oz) You just have to prime and sand. Prime and sand.

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You could try online ordering.. But shipping adds to the cost but you may save on the sales tax.

If you live in the Dallas Texas area I’d be able to help you out.
My Email is on my ID.

Michael asks…

Would you reccomend using canvas cardboard for oil landscape paintings?

I plan on doing oil paintings wet on wet like bob ross paintings. I want to use thin canvas such as the cheap cardboard ones but is there any downside to using canvas on cardboard. I do not want to paint on wood frames because they take up to much space in thickeness. I need to complete 10 oil paintings and it seems easier to stack carboard into my portfolio then woodframes. please tell me the pros and cons of both types of canvas. thanks

Timo answers:

Hi,

What about canvas boards ? Not made of cardboard which tends to warp, but made of wood, such as MDF ?

Best regards,

José
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David asks…

how to sell my handmade canvas oil paintings at proper price? How to start its business?

should i open a shop or online selling or something else? which is the cheap and best way? How much money is required for the same? any suggestions please? i live in india.

Timo answers:

Advertise your business on free classifieds, relevant forums and social networking websites. Monitor the response you get periodically to find out what works best. From http://ad5.info

Ruth asks…

What is the difference between canvas on thin cardboard and canvas on wood frame?

I plan on doing oil paintings wet on wet like bob ross paintings. I want to use thin canvas such as the cheap cardboard ones but is there any downside to using canvas on cardboard. I do not want to paint on wood frames because they take up to much space in thickeness. I need to complete 10 oil paintings and it seems easier to stack carboard into my portfolio then woodframes. please tell me teh pros and cons of both types of canvas. thanks

Timo answers:

Stretched canvas will have some give to it, similar to that of a drum. It allows for springier brush strokes. The frame will also warp far less than a board will (though it may still warp), allowing the work to sit flatter against a wall.

Canvas board on the other hand will not give and allows for brush strokes which are far more like drawing, while retaining the texture of canvas. The texture will hold on to paint far easier than a smooth board will, which in turn uses more paint.

Panels (or flat, gessoed boards of wood) will also allow for a drawing mark as opposed to a more painterly stroke. The smooth surface will allow paint to glide easily over the surface.

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