Changing face of canvas

The canvas might be the most favorable base for a painter as it does not soak in the paint immediately and allows the artist to exploit possibilities of mixing shades and contours of a painting at leisure. But this might be less challenging for some artists who seek newer shores to experiment with their art. For Pune-based Dnyati Wagh, the canvas was not enough for her 3D art, so she moved to handmade paper which she imports from Canada. "The paper is very different from the canvas. It soaks the paint very fast and also spreads it in an unpredictable fashion," says Wagh, who has done away with the typical canvas for good.

When Amol Padwal was lazing around during his holidays at his village, he picked pieces off from a bag of wasted strips and thought of doing something creative. He pasted these strips onto a broad sheet of a paper to make a painting minus any paint. "Creativity is free flowing. It is not only when I have a canvas placed in front of me or a paint brush in my hands that I will be filled with creativity. A painting is something which is visually pleasing. It must look pleasant,whether it is based on a canvas or on paper or any other medium, it does not matter," says Padwal, who waits for months to get the right shades of pieces of waste cloth to fit the requirements of his cloth painting.

Like Wagh and Padwal, who are exploring a new base for their paintings, there are many artists who are shifting from using the safe and predictable canvas to a base that is more challenging and exciting.

As a thumb rule, Padwal does not use paint. "The cloth pieces are dyed with chemical paints. If I use paint on them again, there will be a chemical reaction and the shades of the colour might undergo changes," he describes.

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