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At Canvas Store, we stock a huge range of quality blank canvases for professional artists, students and beginners. We deliver straight to your door in box quantities, which means we are able to offer the best value around.

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The texture depends on how finely the natural fibers are woven together, which determines the kind of painting to use on the canvas. Finely woven fabric is smooth and suitable for small, detailed art, while rough texture is good for bigger paintings and vivid brushstrokes.

Some artists buy canvas roll because they prefer to prepare their material from scratch. Even though the canvas roll is not stretched, with a few tools and practice anyone can learn how to do it. However, some artists do not stretch them; instead, they lay them on the ground and start painting. Artists buy canvas rolls to create unique shapes that are unavailable commercially, or if they are making large paintings. They are primed or unprimed by the roll or yard in different weights, textures and fibers. Since rolls are expensive, make sure you will be able to use all the material. Although linen rolls are a better choice for durability and quality, cotton duck canvas is equally suitable. It is important to ensure that the cotton duck weighs between 12 to 15 oz.

Art Tip: Cotton duck is the most inexpensive and common canvas to purchase. The term duck originates from the Dutch word doek which stands for cloth. It is available in various weights and weaves, which implies the way the fibers are tightly woven together.

Manufacturers also classify canvases with a numerical system that is the opposite of the weight. A number 12 canvas is lighter than a number 6, for example. Additionally, some of them coat their canvases with an extra sizing to help keep the fabrics separate when shipping. Artists wash this coating off with a damp cloth, but it is better to be cautious by applying one or two gesso coats. But cotton duck canvases may require re-stretching because in time they become loose. However, if this occurs when you are painting, spray the canvas from behind with warm water and allow it to dry.

Acrylic is adaptable to different forms of painting surfaces such as wood, paper and canvas. Of the three, canvas is the medium of choice for artists. Artists use acrylic primer in order to block oil paint. It is advisable to hold the canvas against the light to see if it shows through the fabric. If so, then apply another coat. The universal primer on the label is an indication that the acrylic primer is suitable for acrylic and oil paint whereas if the label indicates acrylic gesso, it means absorbing oil more than acrylic primer; however, this depends on the manufacturer.

Oil primer is only good for oil paints. Even though oil paint is used on acrylic gesso primer, the acrylic paint does not permanently stick to an oil-primed canvas, and in time it will come off. Since oil primer has oil paint, you must use a sizing in the beginning as a barrier. Normally, it takes a week to cure so that the surface is well prepared for painting.

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Whether you are stretching your own canvas or buying ready-prepared stretched canvases or canvas boards, there are many types of canvas fabrics to choose from. The characteristics you require of your surface will determine which you choose. The weight of the fabric, the material it is made from and the surface preparation, in different combinations will each give a different painting experience and will affect the final appearance of your painting.

Linen is more expensive than cotton, partly because cotton canvas is much more common and there are many non-art uses for it, so the lower price is a result of the marketplace. There is professional quality artist cotton canvas as well which is more expensive because it has a much smaller market demand. Linen is also more costly than cotton because it takes many more steps to process the flax fibres and because its inelasticity makes it harder to weave into fabric.

In addition to choosing the fibre type you also need to consider the weight and the texture of the weave. Similarly to paper, canvas is measured in grams per square meter (gsm) or ounces per square yard (oz). If the linen has a heavy weight then one or both of the following is true: it is a thick, tough yarn and/or it is tightly woven. Lightweight linens have an open weave and generally a fine yarn, they are easier to stretch and are more responsive to tightening procedures. The lighter weight canvases are usually used by artists who draw and/or have a light touch in their work, but even some impasto painters can use them as their paint skims over the air holes.

The heavier the weight the more tension the canvas fabric can take without tearing, so for very large stretched canvases you might wish to choose a heavier canvas. Weight is how much fabric there is per area so it is determined by both thickness of the thread used to weave and how tightly it is woven. A coarse/rough canvas can be loosely woven so it could be lighter weight than a fine canvas that is tightly woven. But usually, a thick thread makes a heavy canvas and a thin thread makes a light canvas.

Canvas comes in rolls which are 210 cm or 183 cm wide. A full roll is 10m long. You can purchase the full roll or metres cut off the roll (these must be whole metres, not partial). We also offer half-width rolls which are easier to ship and to store in the studio if you are not making very large canvases. Folding primed canvas can crack the primer so it must always be sent and stored on a roll, even if it is just one metre cut off the roll. But unprimed canvas can be removed from the roll and folded which can save on shipping charges as a roll is quite long and attracts over-sized shipping charges.

When measuring to purchase canvas to stretch your own, be sure to account for the amount required to go up the sides or around to the back of your bars (whichever depth you choose) plus the additional amount you will need to grab and pull with your pliers which you will later trim away or fold under. Also account for the different widths of some of the rolls of canvas.

Depending on their painting style some artists like the bounce of a canvas stretched across bars, others prefer the lack of movement of canvas glued to a panel (also called a board). The rigid support can be made of solid wood, plywood, MDF, heavy card, thin stiff plasticised card, or Gatorboard (plastic impregnated foam board). The canvas can be cut off shear with the edge of the support or it can be wrapped around to the back and glued down.

The final thing to consider would be the primer on your canvas. Creating a stable structure before you begin adding paint will help to ensure that the painting will remain in the best condition for the longest time. You can choose from a variety of primed surfaces or go with unprimed and treat the surface yourself.

Oil primerAn oil-primed canvas can only accept oil paints. Although oil paint can be applied to an acrylic gesso primer, acrylic paint will not permanently adhere to an oil-primed canvas and will eventually peel off. Oil primer contains oil paint and so you must apply a sizing of some sort first as a barrier. It usually need a few weeks to cure as well, so the surface is properly ready to paint on.

Surface textureSome painters like the look of the texture of the weave showing through so they do not add many coats of primer, just enough to seal the canvas and give a white ground. Renaissance masters preferred a super-smooth surface created by applying many coats of primer, sanding between each, until the weave was completely obscured.

What gesso are you using?Acrylic primers vary a lot. Most can be applied to a flexible surface like canvas, but a few are meant to be applied only to a rigid surface like a wood panel.It is advisable to build up thin layers of gesso as a thick layer will almost always crack as it dries.If you are using a good quality acrylic gesso/primer (there are some cheap, poor quality gessos out there) then you can thin it with water and scrub the first coat into the canvas weave. Then use less water on the second thin coat and use the primer neat on the third coat. Use as little as you can to get a smooth surface and never apply it thickly like cake icing.Some also need to be stirred from the top to the bottom to incorporate the ingredients, if it has sat on a shelf for a while.

I have some hessian or jute and wish to prime it for oil painting but want to keep the colour of the hessian instead of using gesso. Does rabbit skin glue react the same way with hessian as it it does with cotton canvas or would I use more or less water when heating it. i.e one part glue to 4 or 5 parts water? Never used it before.

I am looking for raw linen (not on canvas) to paint on. Would loveto find 57 pieces with raw edges to paint (using oils). Not surewhat to get. I would like the sides to be tattered or showingthreads.

Hi SandraStretched canvas was created to allow large paintings to be taken off the stretchers, rolled up and shipped. So it is normal practice. The recipient will have the responsibility of buying stretcher bars, a staple gun and stretching the canvas themselves, or else taking it to a framer to have it stretched by someone else. 041b061a72




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