Is there anything more daunting than a blank white canvas waiting to be smothered in color? Switch things up with a black canvas. While traditional canvases are primed with opaque white gesso, manufactures also produce canvases and canvas boards primed with black gesso. Black canvases are a great tool for experimenting with different colored grounds, backgrounds, and contouring styles. Paint really pops against a black canvas, and the dark ground inspires different approaches to highlights and shadows. Browse our selection of black canvases and canvas boards below to find the right product for you.
1. U.S. Art Supply Professional Black Blank Canvas
U.S. Art Supply’s four-pack of 16 x 20-inch black canvases are professional quality. These black canvases are acid-free and heavy duty, and with their durable frame construction and heavyweight gesso–primed surface, they are built to last. Suitable for all media types such as acrylic, oil, watercolor, tempera, gouache, pouring, airbrushing and mixed media collaging, they are also super versatile.
2. Phoenix Black Painting Canvas
Phoenix’s black painting canvas panel boards come in a six-pack. The 100 percent cotton canvas has not been rinsed in any alkaline chemicals and is stretched taut around the core. It has been quadruple-primed so as to not crack, and the acid-free, high-quality gesso keeps the surface pliable in a range of conditions. Suitable for all media, these canvases are well built and made to last.
3. SL Crafts Black Mini Stretched Canvas
If you’re in the market for a small canvas, choose SL Crafts’ six-pack of black mini canvases. Ideal for quick compositions and class art projects, these mini canvases measure 4 x 4 inches. Made of high-quality 100 percent cotton and primed with black gesso, they are suitable for a range of paint mediums.
4. Phoenix Black Painting Stretched Canvas
Phoenix’s four-pack of black stretched canvases come in various sizes. Made of 100 percent cotton, these stretched canvases have been quadruple-primed to ensure that the surface won’t crumble or crack. The pine stretcher bars are built for stability, and the surface of the canvas stays taut.
5. C2F Artist Canvas
C2F’s black canvases come in a range of dimensions. The surface of the 100 percent cotton canvas has been triple-primed with acid-free black gesso. The medium texture and uniform weave make it suitable for oils, acrylics, and alkyds.