Acrylic paints are very versatile. With acrylic you can paint vertically on any surface. Painting on canvas is a fun hobby that produces lasting artwork to show, sell or give as gifts.
Of cloth products, cloth paper is the cheapest surface for painting. The paper is suitable for watercolor, oil and acrylic painting. The paper comes in large cushions and is easily led off as a sheet of paper. Also available are rolls of cloth paper. The paper will not tear or stretch like plain paper. You can mount, carpet, put it under glass or even staple it to a frame. Use the paper when you want to experiment, practice or use for your finished work. The best thing about cloth paper is that when it is framed or matted, it is difficult to say that you have not painted on stretched canvas. The quality is also very good. I suggest you use paper on canvas when you start or practice but realize that for lasting quality features you may want to move on to stretch the canvas.
Canvas paintings or panels. Paintings are usually very robust and relatively inexpensive. They are made of a hard cellulose product, lined with a cotton cloth and primed with gesso. They are suitable for all types of media, including acrylic, watercolor and oils. Some advantages of using tablecloths are the cost and the fact that they are thin. It is very easy to find mats and frames when the painting or work is on a thin surface. Some drawbacks are that if they are cheaply made, these boards can do and roll over time. This can be especially aggravating if you have spent a lot of time in one piece.
Stretched canvas. Most professional oil or acrylic work is done on stretched canvas. Stretched cotton cloth stacked on wooden strips or frames. The bars are either on the sides of the frame or on the back depending on the company that made them. The toys are usually primed with a pair of master socks and are ready to be painted on. There are a lot of stretched cloths so be sure to buy the right one for the medium you use. There are also different textures from rough to portrait. Some canvases will be painted around the deep edge for a frameless, modern look.
Painting on canvas is fun and a good way for your work to be forever. There are lots of canvas materials to choose from. I hope this short article has helped clarify the three most important canvas painting surfaces.