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If you are new to painting, you may think that all canvases are basically the same. However, the choice of canvas will greatly affect the entire process of your work and the overall quality of the picture. There are so many painting canvas sizes and types that selecting a proper one can be rather confusing for a novice. Knowing their advantages and disadvantages will help you make the right decision.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

1. Cotton duck

This is the cheapest and lowest-quality canvas type available. However, that doesn't mean you can't use it in your work. Pay attention to the weight of the canvas (i.e. the thickness of the material) and its weave (another characteristic describing how tightly the threads are woven together). Avoid choosing canvases with loose weave otherwise the paint might easily sink into the holes between the threads.

2. Linen

Linen canvas is believed to be a more preferable option since it comes with thinner threads that allow for tighter weave. Aside from better adhesion, it also guarantees a higher level of resistance to temperature and humidity fluctuations. However, linen is more expensive than cotton, so it will hardly be suitable for beginning artists.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

3. Synthetic fiber

Making a canvas out of natural materials isn't always rentable. A wide range of synthetic canvases that appeared lately proves that. High-quality synthetic fiber can be just as efficient as cotton or linen canvas, but in general it is advisable to stick with mediums of natural origin.

Canvases come in different forms, including boards, rolls and stretched canvas. The latter is the most convenient option, since you don't have to stretch the canvas on your own, but also the most expensive. If you want to save up, try buying canvas rolls or canvas boards which are basically canvases glued to heavy card panels. These are cheaper, but also less convenient ways to store and use canvas.

When it comes to buying a canvas for painting, the number of options can easily confuse you. To make an optimal decision, pay close attention to the weight and weave of the canvas, but don't forget about painting canvas prices. Remember that you can always consult a shop assistant should you have any trouble.

By the way, if you go in for modern art, it will be helpful for you to visit the gallery of a famous artist and take some clues from their works. This artist's name is Leonid Afremov. Over the years, he has come up with his own painting style clearly influenced by classic and late Impressionism. Afremov also runs his own online art school where he tells his student everything from creating nice blends to choosing a painting canvas. And here( you can take a look at his online gallery that hosts hundreds of beautiful palette knife paintings. Perhaps you can use them as inspiration for your own pictures!

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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