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Join the Fredrix revolution! This innovative 100% cotton artist canvas combines the texture of a natural, woven fabric with a specially formulated gesso designed for all water-based paints. Exciting to create on, it delivers a unique look that can only be captured on canvas, with superb lifting ability for easy washes and corrections.
It's versatile and durable too — frame it with or without glass. Scratch or scrape it for unique effects. Staple or rewet it without damaging the canvas.
9" × 12"
23 cm × 30 cm
12" × 16"
30 cm × 41 cm
16" × 20"
41 cm × 51 cm
18" × 24"
46 cm × 61 cm
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(based on 14 reviews)
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By Strokes of Midnight
from Boonville, New York
Comments about Fredrix Archival Watercolor Canvas Pads:
Blick and Fredrix are the two names I always go to for my art supplies. I've always used heavy based acrylics in my work and just recently decided to experiment with water colors. So when I went shopping for water color canvas, Blick was my first stop and Fredrix was my second. I know from experience that these are the two I can always count on for quality and value.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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absolutely perfect multi-media surface
I discovered this canvas probably eight years ago now, and have never and will never look back. Admittedly I have used it a little with watercolors, but extensively with fluid acrylic / acrylic ink, in a multi-media application - brush, airbrush, various dry media. Lots of layering. I use salt to texture the acrylic paint in the same fashion as watercolor, I abuse the canvas by lifting acrylic inks back off with isopropyl alcohol, and this doesn't erode the gesso, it accepts new layers beautifully. stunning!HOWEVER - this is NOT heavyweight watercolor paper! This is NOT a watercolor pad! DON'T expect to just paint on it with a lot of water - it will buckle like crazy! It does NOT accept tape very well - use pins or staples to attach it to a surface. For small pieces, I use plain ball-headed straight pins and attach it to coroplast - the lightweight plastic used to make small yard signs. Slip the pins in at an angle and they sit inside the hollow channels in the plastic.Once you've done that, go ahead and prewet it - use warm water, and don't panic if initially the surface seems to reject water, the water beads, etc. Just use a soft brush and keep brushing until the surface is fully soaked. Leave it to dry if you'd rather work on a dry surface, when you come back it will be drum-taut and ready to rock.So, just to be fair, negatives: This is a soft, fine-textured canvas. It's great for small work, since the canvas texture isn't too prominent, but it's SOFT and will dent, so if you opt to stretch it, and like to put a lot of pressure on the surface, expect it to dent. These dents are easy to remove by wetting the back of the canvas with a little warm water on a sponge, but obviously they'll make an ugly spot if paint is allowed to dry in one.Along the same lines, (if you're using it bigger) stretch it with care. It's canvas, but don't try to treat it like floorcloth. I've actually never had it rip on me (and I have stretched it up to 48" x 60", 2" deep bars), but I baby it. I check my stretcher bars thoroughly and knock down any rough or sharp edges with a sanding block. It stretches wonderfully, but I do think that the corner of a stretcher bar would go right through it if you weren't careful.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Not all its cracked up to be
from Irvine, CA
The paper is completely overpriced and pretty much useless, in my opinion. Yes, you can slosh water all off and never get fraying. However, it doesn't take colour well. You can't really layer at all, it immediately picks up whatever's underneath it. All the colours become muted and disperse into the weave of the fabric. Won't be buying again.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: For layering with the Fredrix Watercolor Canvas, an acrylic spray can be used to "fix" the individual paint layers. Please know that if you would ever like assistance with any of the products we offer, our Product Information Team is happy to help. You can reach them at 1-800-933-2542 (8am-5:30pm CST M-F) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
Perfect Solution for Buckling
from SW Colorado
I read all the reviews that mentioned buckling and came up with the perfect solution. I went to Home Depot and bought 24 x 48 inch project board that was 1/8 inch thick. Using a table saw we cut the board into sizes to fit the canvas sheets. Using a staple gun and 1/4" staples, I attached the canvas sheet to the board along the edges, stretching it as tightly as I could in the process. When I painted the canvas it tends to shrink a bit as it dries, but it cannot buckle because it is secured to the board. Consequently, as it dries it becomes taught and smooth. I applied Krylon Matte Finish #1311 to the completed painting to make it waterproof. Then the painting still attached to the board just drops easily into an oil/acrylic frame - no plexiglas - no mat. Easy! Great results!
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
from NY, NY
As others mentioned, this stuff buckles--and very severely, in my experience. For a recent piece, I decided to apply an acrylic ground (for more surface tooth), only to see the sheet curl, warp, and buckle like a tortilla in a hot fryer. What's worse, the 3 subsequent sheets also started buckling. I tore out all 4 sheets and tried the various solutions proposed here, with zero to moderate success (wetting and then stapling worked best). That said, on my very first attempt with the product, I had no issues. I used the sheet "as is," and painted with acrylic and oil stick. But I don't know whether the canvas cooperated due to the painting mediums or the fact that I clipped it onto a piece of cardboard (only at the top) prior to any paint application. Whatever the case, the product is a hassle for something marketed as ready-to-use. It might be fine if you put in some effort (e.g., mount it to hardboard before painting, wrangle with water and different drying methods, etc.) but then gone is the convenience, which is what drew me to this product. Basically, it's cheap, and that's all.
Merchant response: We are sorry to hear you did not have a satisfying experience with this product. Please know that if you are not completely satisfied with the quality of the merchandise you receive, you are entitled to a full replacement or refund. We ask that you contact our Customer Care Center at 800-723-2787 within 30 days so that the exchange, refund, or credit transaction can be arranged to your satisfaction.
(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Buckling solution for Watercolor Canvas
By Multi Media Maven
from New Jersey
I noticed the buckling problem also. I think I have found a fix. You must first soak the watercolor canvas in hot water for five minutes, and let it dry by air, or iron it dry. You will notice that it has shrunk. This is probably because the cotton used was not preshrunk. Also, I was not happy with the coating. The off-white color is OK but not uniform. I gessoed it with a thin coating of white acrylic gesso. I use this canvas for gouache and watercolor and am happy with the results. I realize that this fix may not be for everyone, but it did work for me.
What is the weight of the paper canvas
It isn't the fact that the problem with water so much is the weight of the paper in the pads. It is not in the ad, so one thinks it is a heavy weight, to prevent buckling simply take your water sprayer (that you spritz your paints with and spray the back of the paper - it will straighten right out) All paper will buckle to some minor degree, you simply cannot use a lower weight paper. I think some things have been miss lead However I have LOVED the canvas itself. This will be good to finish up on cards or what have you. I'm too afraid to order what I can't see anymore. I will come to the store to check it 1st then enjoy ordering, the many miles between...
Possible buckling problem resolution
from Pomona, Ca
I've worked with this canvas as well as other papers a bit more since my first reviews and found an additional technique for flattening buckled paper. Since most of my work is done in detailed layered sections, I use a hairdryer to thoroughly dry each application on BOTH sides of mounted project by flipping it frequently on both the heat and cool air settings. Using only the heat setting tends do more damage to the buckled area and cause the mounting board (foam board or mat board) to curve. I've also found this process useful on 90lb. Canson Foundation paper as well as other lighter weight papers. It's a lot of work to do to but I've found the results to be worth it. A light wash of tinted absorbent ground or tinted gesso helps prepare the surface and also minimizes buckling while preserving the texture of the canvas.
Questions on Buckling
My ratings are based on product quality with an exception on the buckling. Has anyone found a solution for this besides the one posted as it didn't work for me? I wipe the water from the brushes before dipping them, but the paper still buckles from the moisture that is left. The combination of Wyland acrylics with Wyland glaze on the canvas is beautiful, and for this reason I don't want to give up on the problem. The buckling doesn't happen using a gel medium with acrylics, and a wiped dry brush. I'm going to try wOils with the pads next. If anyone has anwers I will be happy to try them. Because I'm a prolific artist the pads are the most cost effective for me.
Buckles When Used With Water
I have used Fredrix stretched watercolor canvas since it first came out, and love it. Because of this I ordered the canvas pads for paintings to use for print sales with the originals filed away for future use. I have just spent hours trying to solve an unexpected buckling problem when water is used with acrylics or the brushes have moisture in them. The buckling does not happen with acrylics and gel medium, only with water and acrylics. I taped,smoothed, and rolled over the canvas to a piece of hardboard and had no problem with the acrylics and gel medium, but it buckled and lifted with the tape when water touched it. I am going to try the mounting board suggestion to see if that stops the buckling instead of hardboard. The acrylics and gel medium paintings turned out great. I have to rate the pads as Best, and Solid Value with the buckling exceptions.
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