How can I avoid wrinkles on the canvas?
Wrinkles are bad for any canvas. Work carefully when stretching the canvas and keep unused canvases rolled up. Light creases will disappear during the stretching process, but thicker creases are almost impossible to remove!
What if the canvas is loose?
When you stretch the canvas in a humid environment, you risk loosening when placed in a dry environment. Therefore, always stretch your canvas in a place with as little humidity as possible. Temporarily stretching the canvas and allowing it to dry completely before placing it permanently is another solution. Natural fiber is longer when dry and shrinks when humidity increases. Given the natural properties of its fibers, felling reacts both to weather conditions and to the paint that is applied.
Can I still use older canvases?
Some canvases tend to dry out and harden over time, they are often harder to stretch, however you can still use these canvases. To slow down the aging process we recommend rolling up the canvas for storage and keeping it upright against a wall. Never store it on the floor or on a table.
What about the cracks around the edges?
Older canvases may have cracks along the edges of the canvas frame. They are completely superficial and are related to the aging of the canvas, so there is no need to worry. This will have no effect on the paint. In the worst case, this area will have a higher absorption capacity, but the double layer of glue should protect the fibers adequately.
Can I stretch a canvas without tension with water?
When a canvas becomes loose, you can easily fix it by adjusting the wedges at the corners. If this doesn't work, you can always consider removing the canvas and stretching it again following the rules of the art. As a last resort, a little wetting could work on some fabric, but we do not recommend it. Adjust the wedges and you will see how you get a perfect tension.
What is the best way to store a rack?
Support the rack in an upright position against a wall. Do not support smaller canvases against larger ones, as this can cause marks. Canvases are best stored by size, back to back and face to face.
Is there a way to prevent subtle marks?
Small marks on the canvas may be due to slight tension differences in the fabric during manufacture. The only way to get rid of these marks is to stretch the canvas harder. You can sometimes see these marks on the sides of the canvas rolls. You can solve this problem by cutting these sides.
What if the canvas is too smooth?
If the canvas is too smooth for your taste, you can scrape it off with a very fine sandpaper. Try to work as evenly as possible across the entire surface of the canvas.
How much can I stretch my canvas?
Always stretch the canvas as evenly as possible. How hard you stretch it is a matter of personal preference. Some painters prefer a very taut canvas, while others do not.
How to use the watercolor cloth (Absorbent Watercolor)?
- Dampen the entire surface of the canvas with a clean brush and water.
- Let it dry completely for a minimum of 24 hours
Paint adheres to canvas differently than paper and dries more slowly, so you can work with less water, there is always time to add water and wash pigment.
Once the work is finished, you have to let it dry very well!
When it is dry, I can apply an acrylic spray varnish to get more fixation and protect the piece. Do not apply the varnish with a brush as it could carry away the pigment.