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Acrylic or Canvas? How to choose.

Whether you’re redecorating your space or finding the perfect gift for a loved one, personalized artwork is always a solid choice. Soundwave art is completely customizable, from the actual size of the artwork to the colors that you choose. However, you’ve probably noticed that those aren’t the only decisions that you’ll have to make. In our shop, you’ll find both acrylic prints and canvas prints, both of which provide a beautiful way to display your personalized message. Wondering if you should choose acrylic or canvas? Keep reading to learn.


Generally speaking, canvas prints are associated with traditional or transitional décor, and acrylic prints are more often used in modern décor. Canvas prints have a softer, grainier appearance, while acrylic art has a sharper look with more vibrant colors. Mixing décor styles is both fun and on trend though, so even if the rest of the room has a decidedly traditional or ultra-modern vibe, don’t hesitate to choose the print style that you prefer.


Both types of art are relatively easy to keep clean. When caring for artwork a weekly or bi-weekly wipe-down is generally all that is needed to keep them free from dust. In fact, for canvas art, that’s all you’ll want to do to keep it clean. Not only are commercial cleaners unnecessary, but they can cause irreparable damage. Cleaners formulated specifically for acrylic artwork are available, but a soft, damp cloth every once in a while will also do the trick.

Any artwork that is left in direct sunlight for an extensive period of time will begin to fade. Our gallery-wrapped canvases feature a satin coating that provides protection from UV rays. Acrylic wall art and acrylic blocks also offer UV protection and moisture protection. However, neither should be displayed in direct sunlight, in a kitchen or bathroom, or above a fireplace or candle.

Overall, acrylic art is much more durable. It is shatter and scratch resistant, and it is more likely to maintain its beauty and vibrancy as the years go on.


If cost is your primary concern and you’re working with a smaller budget, canvas art is the more sensible choice. On average, you can expect to pay around half on canvas then you would on acrylic. However, for a greater investment that will be worth the extra cost, acrylic art will be a decision that you won’t regret.

The Bottom Line

Both types of artwork offer a beautiful, meaningful way to give a snapshot of your family’s personality and style or to show your loved one how much they mean to you. Our durable, high-quality canvas art is constructed with archival inks and heavyweight canvas, ensuring that you have a piece that will be enjoyed for years. For unparalleled vibrancy and durability, however, acrylic art is your best option.

Ready to begin the process of creating your own custom artwork? Head over to our shop to choose your medium and record your message.

Mike LaTour - Co-founder Mike LaTour  Soundwave Art
2019 Finalist - Digital Innovation In Art Award

I spent 17 years in the music industry and have always had a love of art. Combining music, sound, and art was a perfect fit.

I’d like to thank you for visiting us and invite you to have a look around. Express your creativity and record a sentiment that will last for generations!