Re: [art_education] canvas question
- Dear Amanda,
There are some different types of canvas of varying weights and qualities for sale in fabric stores like the Rag Shop. It can usually be found near the broad striped canvas that is used for window awnings.(They also have plain white.) There is also a coated canvas that I have used for banners. I would think if you found one of and appropriate weight, stretched it, and used Gesso, it would work. I would buy a small piece and try it out, though, to make sure that the fabric could survive the stapling and stretching without running or tearing. Don't forget, usually in the Sunday paper, there are 40% off coupons for one item at the Rag Shop. That would be quite a savings if you were to purchase one piece that was several yards long. Hope this helps!!
- You can go to a fabric store and buy duck cloth.
Woody in KC
> I have been wondering (and refuse to ask anyone in person for fear
> of ridicule!) can you use regular linen or cotton fabric from the
> fabric store as canvas instead of that very expensive stuff in the
> supply catalogs?
> Thank you,
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- Thanks very much for the responses.
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> I have used bed sheets many times for paintings. Once you stretchand gesso
> them the difference is very subtle. My students seem to think thatall
> "great" art is done on canvas, and that canvas boards are theultimate in
> quality. SO I have my students paint on all different kinds ofsurfaces.
> Gesso'ed paper is one of my favorites, as well as masonite. Oh,and the
> reason I've used bed sheets is that dollar for dollar, a bed sheetis
> cheaper than buying x number of yards of white cotton cloth at Wal-Mart.