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Blick Unprimed Linen is produced in Belgium, where growing conditions and expert cultivation produce the highest-quality, long-line fibers. The proprietary weave configurations are exclusive to Blick, and are produced according to our demanding specifications. All styles are left unprimed and ready for your signature preparation.
Order Fulfillment Note — As we complete a transition in stock, your order may be fulfilled with either Blick or Utrecht brand canvas. Rest assured, both are manufactured in the same factory, according to the same demanding specifications, and are 100% guaranteed for quality and satisfaction.
NOTE — Pieces up to 6 yards long are shipped folded. Longer pieces are shipped in rolls (extra charges may apply).
This is an excellent general purpose linen with a medium-smooth, single weave texture. It has a 9.45 oz raw weight. All pieces measure 54" wide.
Tightly woven with a smooth, single weave texture, this Belgian linen canvas is ideal for highly detailed work and portraiture. It has a 10.25 oz weight. All pieces measure 84" wide.
An excellent general purpose linen with a smooth texture, Blick Type 185 is tightly woven from single-ply threads. It has a substantial 9.3 oz raw weight. The 125" width lets you work on a grand scale.
A herringbone texture sets Blick Type 200 Linen apart. Constructed from 100% pure Belgian single-ply linen threads, it has an extra-heavy 13 oz raw weight. All pieces are 55" wide.
This heavier, 11.5 oz, medium-rough linen canvas is ideal for those who prefer a bit of brush drag and residual texture. All pieces measure 84" wide.
Very smooth and tightly woven, Blick Type 66J is the professional portraitist's dream. The fine surface is also great for realistic landscapes or any genre where capturing detail is the goal. Constructed with single strands for both warp and weft, it has an 8.85 oz raw weight. All pieces are 54" wide.
If you're looking for a perfect midpoint texture between fine and medium, Blick Type 73D is an ideal choice. It is tightly woven for smoothness, but uses double warp and weft strands for strength, with a resulting unprimed weight of 8.4 oz — great for a wide range of subjects and techniques. It has a generous 72" width.
Constructed with a double weave pattern for outstanding strength. The medium texture makes it a versatile choice for most subjects, techniques, and painting styles. It has a 10.9 oz raw weight. All pieces are 54" wide.
This is a heavyweight, double weave linen with a rough finish and a 10.35 oz weight. It's ideal for artists who prefer coarsely textural paintings with lots of brush drag. All pieces are 76" wide. NOTE: Rabbit skin glue sizing is not compatible with this linen type. Use PVA sizing, acrylic sizing, or acrylic gesso to prepare Blick Type 79D Linen.
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185 is medium not smooth
Comments about Blick Unprimed Belgian Linen Canvas:
I was referred Blick 185 linen from a couple of artists because they said the surface was nearly flawless. They are landscape artists. The 185 I found to not be suitable for detailed portraits even though the linen is labeled as smooth. It feels most definitely like a medium weave. My yard seemed to be a bad one as it was very bumpy and had many sweater like pulls everywhere. On the phone I was told these pulls are a concern more so than the bumps (which makes sense). But then that concern was never addressed by Blick's team. So I don't know? I was also told there should be bumps but not everywhere, they were everywhere, every half inch. Very distracting especially for a portrait. Blick recommended I of rubbed with pumice stone so perhaps that would've made it better but perhaps not. Regardless... The weave is still medium. I would have to add many layers of oil primer. I won't be using the half of the canvas I have left and won't be using the canvases I made either. I was unhappy with the purchase. I was in contact with Blick's customer service for 9 days and not once did they offer to help find me a more suitable linen. I will continue the search on my own. I will probably try the Blick portrait linen.
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this product is different from previous purchases
By art prof
I've been buying the "type 185" belgian linen from Utrecht, and now Blick, for years. The fabric in my most recent order isn't the same as it was in the past. The "hand" is different, the weave is a little more open, and the texture is less organic looking. I have canvases in my studio from earlier batches, and from now, and I can clearly see the change in texture. The quality isn't as good - and I am wondering why, especially for such an expensive item. Can Blick please give us more information on how and where this Belgian Linen is made? Thanks.
Merchant response: Thank you for reaching out! This linen is manufactured in Belgium by the same maker as always — there have been no changes to the production of this linen at all. Linen is produced from an agricultural crop (flax), and although every effort is made to blend different seasons' and regions' crops, there may be some inevitable variation the natural product. We're interested in working with you to find out why you received something different than you expected, but we haven't had a response to the email we sent you. If you'll please give us a call at 1-800-723-2787 or email email@example.com, we'll be glad to work through this to make sure you have the linen you need.
from Puerto Rico
great belgian quality at a great price
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Beautiful Heavyweight Linen
from Portland, OR
This linen has a very specific, beautiful texture — it has two threads running in each direction — so the weave is something you will definitely notice in your painting, especially if you paint thinly, or do any scraping/sanding. Be warned that it does NOT work with rabbit-skin glue; once the glue dries, it is all ripply, and there's no way to fix it. However, I have not had any problems using acrylic gesso to prime it. Please, Blick, never stop carrying this product!
Merchant response: Thank you for your review! It sounds like you've discovered the idiosyncrasy of the 79D linen. As noted on this web page, we recommend PVA sizing, acrylic sizing, or acrylic gesso to prepare this linen. If you ever have questions about compatibility of materials you purchase from us, we hope you'll feel welcome to reach out to our Product Information Team. Product Specialists are available weekdays from 8am to 5:30pm CST at 1-800-933-2542 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and they'll be glad to help!
Love this canvas. . .prepped with the PVA and ground. Now waiting for it all to dry to start painting!
Perfect for small paintings
from Whitehouse Station, NJ
Nice, smooth, closely woven linen for use in a format where lots of texture isn't desired.
Good weave. High quality fibers. Stretched and once grounded will make a drum-tight support surface. Great value.
The best linen around for painting!
from Colorado Springs, CO
I paint using traditional materials and practices, and I must say, this is the best linen around for painting (and I have tried many!). It is durable, well made, and receives sizing beautifully. The Blick type 215 was formerly Utrecht type 215 linen. They have changed packaging since acquiring the Utrecht brand, but the product quality remains the same. For customers: try it out! For Blick: Please do not phase this product out of production!
Great strength,and option of weights and quantity
from Mount Carroll il
I use the linen as a liner for oil paintings as well as patches for tears. I like having the option of buying just a yard or 10 yards when needed.
Great product, great service!
from Albuquerque, NM
The quality of the linen is excellent, easy to handle, good weight, not overly stiff.In that it is so difficult to really know what the linen is like from a photo Bllick sent me sampleswhich was wonderful, knew exactly what I would be getting...excellent customer service.
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