The basic substrata of the painting; paper, cotton, linen, wall, etc..<br><br>The surface on which a painting is made<br><br>Material providing the foundation for the painting; most commonly canvas or wood, and occasionally metal, masonite or other materials.<br><br>The material providing a surface upon which an artist applies color, collage, etc. Also, holding up, as a base or column often does.Related link: The article on supports in Drawing Materials and Drawing Techniques, a Guide and Glossary by Michael Miller. Also see armature, buttress, canvas, lattice, leather, linen, panel, paper, parchment, pedestal, pier, plaque, plaster, screen, scroll, structure, stucco, vellum, and watermark.