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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.
where can i buy canvas material
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.
Julie was the editor of the Jackson's Art Blog for 10 years and now writes for the blog part time. With an encyclopaedic knowledge of art materials (with a focus on oils and acrylics), she loves researching and writing pieces for the blog as she learns something new each time. She studied journalism in California, art at Camberwell College of Art and completed the two-year Turps Studio Painting Programme in 2019. She exhibits her paintings regularly.
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.
Would you add or fixate in any waywhen its done? So the raw canvas staysafe and can last for many years tocome. Bit sad to sell paitings thatmight rot or be broken some how ?
Hi! I am wanting to create a watercolorlook in my paintings. I want to sell thepaintings with the canvas frayed out abit on the edges. Would you have arecommendation of which canvas topurchase?
Hi LoriDo you mean you wish to paint in watercolour on canvas?You will need to use a primed canvas and paint on a few coats of Watercolour Ground so that the paint will absorb enough to flow properly. This article should help: Painting Watercolour on Canvas.
Hi RachelAny of those would work to seal the canvas from the oil stick and give you a less water-repellent surface for the acrylics, but they will each look slightly different and feel a bit different to paint on.Matt medium and clear gesso can give a slightly cloudy look if you put on a few coats. PVA will be more glossy.Some of the clear gessos are quite absorbent and gritty, matt medium is quite smooth and PVA can feel a bit sticky.
Are you stretching large canvases? If you are stretching smaller canvases it is much easier on the back as you can do it on a table. I find that the difficulty for me is the staple gun, so I have changed to an electric staple gun and that has helped my hands a lot. Having good canvas pliers helps, too.
This is such a great article with a lot ofhelpful information. I love how you refer tothe history of the canvas, very interesting.For my own paintings, I prefer Artfix linencanvas, have had the best experiences withit. Thank you very much!
Thanks for the valuable info above.Wondering if it is suitable to prep canvasusing bedsheet finely woven of 60%cotton and rest polyester? Also to primeit by hand brushing 2 coats ofhomemade gesso containing white glue,calcium carbonate power, zinc oxidepowder and water mixture. After the 2coats, the gesso does not saturate allthe pores of the cloth, thus to close thepores, 2 coats of acrylic paint is added.Wondering if it is correct to close thepores with acrylic paint on canvaswhereby the gesso was not distributeduniformly nor sufficiently closed thepores of the canvas? What are theoutcomes and longevity of this canvasfor acrylic painting?
Hi Mette, glad the article was helpful.A painting that large, if it stretched and not on a board, the canvas will need to be heavyweight to be strong enought to be pulled tightly across that large area. So a heavy linen or a 12oz cotton would work.The glue usually used for collage on canvas is soft acrylic gel.
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Cotton canvas rolls are an economical option for artists who want to stretch multiple canvases or create canvas sizes not commonly available. Canvas rolls are either primed with acrylic gesso or unprimed. It's recommended to purchase an unstretched canvas roll several inches wider than at least one side of the desired canvas. Linen canvas rolls are an economical option for artists who want to stretch canvas in sizes not readily available or artists stretching multiple canvases. Slightly stretchy, linen canvas can be difficult for inexperienced artists to stretch for the first time. Linen canvas rolls are available primed with either acrylic gesso or oil ground or unprimed. Other canvas rolls are rolls of woven canvas material other than linen or cotton. These can be natural fibers such as jute, synthetic fibers such as polyester, or a combination of synthetic and natural fibers in the same material. 041b061a72