Oil Painting Paper and Pads

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Oil Painting Paper and Pads

It’s a common misconception that oil paintings can only be created on canvas. Modern advancements in papermaking have resulted in heavyweight oil painting papers that are portable and more affordable than canvas. Most of these papers — such as Arches Oil Paper, Hahnemühle Oil and Acrylic Paper, and oil painting papers by Canson, Bee Paper, Rembrandt, Royal Langnickel, and Strathmore — are treated with a gesso-like oil barrier that absorbs water and bonding agents while allowing oil paints to stay on the paper’s surface.

Available in convenient pads or blocks, most feature a canvas-like grain that also works well with acrylics, charcoal, oil pastels, and other media. Canvas boards by Crescent have the extra benefit of a backing board for stability, covered with a hard-sized, linen-like canvas surface — ideal for light collage and quick paint sketches. Try an eco-friendly alternative with Quiq Art Easy Fold Canvas, or the strong, toothy surface of archival oil paper panels from RayMar.