Re: Information on Canvas from Bill - to Amanda and all
- Wow. That was so long and detailed that I printed it out. I will
definitely look up the book you cited. I deeply appreciate that you
(and others) were so willing to spend time explaining things to me,
when you don't even know me. I sound like a goof, but I'm touched,
and just wanted to say thank you.
--- In email@example.com, "Judy Decker" <JDecker@w...>
> Bill Merrill tried to send this to the list but couldn't get themessage
> through so I am posting for him.the school
> Bill is a professor - The closest I could find to what might be
> is: http://www.cis.ctc.edu/him to
> (Is that it, Bill?). Bill's work sounds interesting to me. I asked
> send some images. I know this message is a duplication to one listas I did
> see Woody post it. I just don't remember which list it was.Amanda, feel
> free to email Professor Merrill (bmerrill@c...)regular
> Artist canvas has different sizing amounts in it compared to
> clothing fabrics. If you buy cotton duck at a fabric store, it'llwork.
> Stretch the canvas, but don't wash it first. If you want to forexample
> pour paint (acrylic) on the canvas like Morris Louis or PaulJenkins, put
> some mordant ( like alum ) in some warm water and use a stiffscrub brush,
> use the mordant mixture and scrub the surface of the canvas. Thiswill
> break the surface tension of the gelatin sizing applied to thecanvas at the
> factory. Renaissance painters used rabbit skin glue to size thecanvas,
> make it taught, seal the linen and then paint the canvas surfacewith gesso
> before painting. Gessoing the canvas keeps the oil paint fromrotting the
> canvas...linseed oil etc. rots raw canvas. If you size a canvaswith
> unflavored Knox gelatin, dissolve a package of gelatin in coldwater and let
> it bloom. After a few minutes stir the mix and heat it to nearboiling - do
> not let it burn. Apply the mix to the canvas surface with a bigbrush, let
> the canvas dry and then gesso the surface of the canvas. I buyFrederix
> cotton duck canvas for $5 or six dollars a yard and the canvas is72" wide.
> I don't size my canvas's with gelatin, I stretch the canvas andput several
> coats of gesso on the canvas. I do paintings that are comprisedof abutted
> parts that are dimensionalized and the parts are bolted together.The backs
> have another frame network over all the parts and the entire piecehas
> canvascanvas seems
> stretched over it. None of the framing network shows and the
> to float out from the wall. When stretching narrow, raisedsurface parts I
> stretch the canvas on the bias so there is the possibility toreally stretch
> the canvas. I dampen the areas where the canvas needs to bepulled around a
> corner. I may apply Elmer's waterproof glue under the canvas thatis wet
> andthen I
> sometimes staple the canvas to hold it in place until it dries,
> remove the staples so they don't interfere when putting differentparts
> I build frames from brick molding and use clear 1 x 2 lumber for
> If I am stretching a regular canvas, I don't staple the edges, Idampen the
> corners and pull the canvas around the exposed edge and staple itso no
> staples are exposed to the viewer. My canvas's are without framesas I
> paint the edges.fundamentals
> A good book for you is entitled Painting; Visual and Technical
> by Nathan Goldstein. This covers all sorts of painting....goodbook!!!!!
> I have taught painting for 35 years at the college level and am so
> with the fact that we still learn and grow throughout our lives.number 4
> Keep painting the best ones are still in you!
> Bill Merrill bmerrill@c...
> Judy Decker - Ohio
> Incredible Art Department
> (P.S. for Bill - today was a good day - smile - this is only post
> to Getty)What has
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