Each piece of Sennelier linen is hand-stamped on the back with the Sennelier logo and the year of manufacture. This has been the case for more than a century — the stamp that appears on new Sennelier stretched linen also appears on the back side of museum pieces created by master painters of old.
Sennelier uses only linen woven with long strands to reduce the occurrence of knots in its Stretched Linen Canvases.
The raw linen receives a natural skin glue-based preparation that serves three purposes — to block the fibers, to make the medium waterproof, and to insulate later additions. Next, two hand-primed, pigmented layers (one each of Titanium White and a universal binder) are applied and undergo a curing process, after which the linen is back-stapled to the frame and finished with tacks on the outer edge in the traditional French fashion.
The various woods used to make the frames for Sennelier Stretched Linen Canvas are sourced from Northern Europe, and are knot-free, smooth, and reasonably ligneous. Employing a well-developed technique, Sennelier employees take particular care to ensure the stretcher bar assembly is defect-free.
The canvas covers the 2 cm frame with a generous 3 cm to 4 cm margin to allow for frame disassembly during transport — after which the canvas can be stretched back into its original shape.
Dimensions below are shown as Height × Width in inches. Although continental European frame sizes feature similar aspect ratios to those used in North America, these stretched canvases will not fit into standard ready-made frames used in the North American market. Custom framing is an easy option.