Use Paper Bag as Alternative to Canvas

Save money on paper and canvas by using a paper bag instead. I found creating art to be an expensive process, so I began using paper bags to save money in place of canvas. They are free and a great form of recycling.

By Demarquis from Virginia Beach, VA



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February 9, 20110 found this helpful

If you are talking about for oil painting a trick my college art instructor taught us back in the 60s was in order to save money on canvas to go to the lumber yard and ask to buy scraps of masonite(I don't even know if they make that any more). It is smooth on one side and real textured on the back side. Back then and I suppose being in a small town I would go to the lumber yard and ask if they had some scraps of masonite that I could buy and an employee would go out back and arrive at the coutner with a whole armful and I was never charged for it. Like I say I think a lot had to do with the era and the small size of the town.

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