How To Choose Your Canvas
Most art supplies stores sell canvas with thin sides, thick sides, or loose canvas and each is better for different types of art.
Thick edged canvases are always better and higher quality, but they usually cost more. If you are not on a tight budget, these are great to use for anything. You can sell these to any high end collector or art gallery with no problems at all.
Thin edged canvases are great for studies, experimental pieces, or can be sold as masterpieces for lower prices. Most people don’t care at all about the sides, but some higher end buyers care and only want to have art with thick edges. So keep that in mind when you are choosing your canvas.
Loose canvas is another option which is cheaper than stretched canvas and can be stretched, even after it is painted. Then you can choose if you want thick or thin sides during the stretching process. This type of canvas is also easier to ship because it can be rolled and shipped inexpensively.
Paper is another surface that is great for sketches, studies, and mixed medias. High quality paper is much cheaper than any kind of canvas, so it is great for creating a huge volume of art. Paintings on paper can be sold as masterpieces as well, especially if they are sold already framed.
If you are painting on loose canvas or paper, you will need a hard surface behind it to have an easier time working on your paintings.
Every artist has their preferences, so experiment and try out all the options to see what you like the most.