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Fredrix 520 Red Lion is a synthetic fabric developed purposely as an artist canvas. It boasts a significantly greater strength in comparison to natural fibers and has an even texture with perfect uniformity.
All Fredrix canvas is primed in the USA, which allows for complete control over the priming process. Experience the Fredrix difference!
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® Fredrix is a registered trademark.® Polyflax is a registered trademark.
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By painter pal
from naples florida
Comments about Fredrix Style 520 Polyflax Red Lion Canvas Rolls:
this was a little more textured than I thought it would be. I prefer a very smooth canvas.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Don't let polyester scare you off...
This stuff is fantastic to work on and with. I've been painting for over tweny-five years, and have tried many different painting supports, and I can tell you this stuff doesn't disappoint. Cotton duck is alright, linen is great but way overpriced, and this stuff is simply just, well, a pleasure to work with. I don't think it gets alot of credit because of the polyester, but at it's price point, this is a true find. If you have any questions about it's use as a durable, artist quality material, have look over at Amien's website - very positive. The priming is wonderful and slightly slick, brilliant white, and takes paint very easy. Also, in the early stages you can get some good wipe-off effects as well. The texture is very smooth and uniform, so if you like a natural, uneven weave, you probably won't care for it. I love it, but it depends on your style. Sure, linen is still the champ, but I really hope this stuff is around for awhile. Good stuff!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
This is a wonderful product for artists working in the tropics. It doesn't mold or deteriorate in damp climates. It doesn't even get a musty smell. Besides being a lovely painting surface, it is very stable and doesn't need to be stretched before painting, a big plus in the land of no stretcher bars. Taping it securely or stapling it to a board is sufficient making it easy to remove and roll for shipment. This works well even with very large pieces.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
The best fabric surface for oil paint
Polyflax is far superior to cotton or linen as far as long term durabilty and strength for oil paintings. The top fabric choice for artists who care about having their work last for many years to come. I like to put a couple extra layers of gesso on mine. I get fantastic results. Another excellent similar canvas is Polyflax Cherokee, also sold by Blick, which has a little bit smoother texture as well as some cotton content which makes it easier to stretch yet is not as sensitive to the environment as pure cotton.
Synthetics are more durable than cotton
Painters should work on rigid supports. But if they must use fabric supports, a synthetic fiber is the best bet for durability because it won't expand and contract with temperature and humidity changes, leading to cracks in the paint film. This polyester canvas comes primed via a heat set method so it should be worth the extra cost, as priming polyester canvas can be time consuming. Poly canvas is less stretchy than natural canvas, so once it is stretched over the frame, it stays put.
(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Avoid this product at all costs
This is not canvas, but a totally synthetic product. It has virtually no give so is painful to stretch. The real problem is that if you stretch on wood stretcher bars (and who doesn't) the wood will contract when the temperature drops, but the fabric won't, so it wrinkles. My frame shop has lost valuable hours restretching for customers. Stick to real cotton or linen canvas.
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