Canvas is a creative and visually-driven board game where players take on the roles of painters competing in an art competition. The game combines elements of strategy and puzzle-solving, focused on creating and scoring paintings.

Gameplay Overview

  • Creating Paintings: Players collect Art cards and layer three of them to create unique paintings.
  • Scoring Mechanism: Each card has artwork and a set of icons used for scoring. The arrangement of cards either reveals or hides icons, affecting the score.
  • Variable Scoring Conditions: Scoring is based on changing Scoring cards, adding variety to each game.

Game Mechanics

  • Art Card Selection: Players choose from a central row of Art cards, each with a cost in Inspiration tokens.
  • Inspiration Tokens: Tokens are used to acquire Art cards, with the far-left card being free but others requiring tokens placed on preceding cards.
  • Art Card Layering: Upon collecting three or more Art cards, players can create a painting, arranging cards for optimal scoring based on visible icons.

Game End and Victory

  • Completion of Paintings: The game concludes after all players have created three paintings.
  • Winning the Game: The player with the most points, accumulated through their paintings, wins.


Canvas offers an engaging and artistic experience, ideal for players who enjoy combining creative thinking with strategic gameplay. Its unique card-layering mechanic and changing scoring conditions ensure that each game is a new artistic puzzle to solve.

Nominated for 13 awards and won 2.

  • 1 - 5 Players
  • 30 Minutes
  • 14+ years old
  • Easy to learn

We like Canvas so much that we recommend it in the following board game recommendation lists 2024

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