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Stretched Canvas

Find the perfect foundation for your artwork. Blick carries a large selection of stretched cotton and linen canvases, as well as synthetic stretched canvas. Whether you’re painting, sketching, or creating your next masterpiece, Blick has the stretched canvas you need.

Shop all our most popular stretched canvas sizes below:

Blank stretched canvas is super convenient — it's pre-stretched, and it's often primed and ready to paint, saving you time. Unstretched canvas often comes in rolls and needs to be stretched over canvas stretcher bars or panels. Pre-stretched canvas can also be easier to frame because most come in standard sizes perfectly suited for frames. When framing canvas, look for an open-backed frame with grooves and clips to hold the canvas in place. There’s a wide variety of details to consider when choosing the ideal canvas. Choose from cotton or linen canvas. Cotton canvas tends to be less expensive than linen, but linen canvas has a tighter weave for a stronger surface.

Stretched canvas can be pre-primed with acrylic gesso or oil-based primer, making the surface ready to accept paint. Use acrylic gesso with acrylic paint and oil-based primer with oil paint. Without a primer, paint would soak into the weave of the canvas.

Stretched Linen Canvas is made from woven linen cloth that's been stretched around a wooden frame and secured in the back or on the sides with staples, tacks, or a metal spline. Made from the inner bark of a flax plant, these long fibers produce a strong, flexible, slightly stretchy material that's been known to last for centuries. Due to the method of extracting, processing, and weaving the material for this canvas, it tends to be more expensive than cotton canvas. Stretched linen canvas is available primed with oil ground or acrylic gesso.