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Stretched Cotton Canvas

Decorative Cotton Canvas

Stretched Linen 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I frame a canvas?

    Depending on the canvas, you may opt to hang your work without a frame. If you do choose to frame your canvas painting, <a href="/categories/framing/frames/open-back/"> open back frames</a> are commonly used with art on stretched canvas or panels. These frames are meant to hang on the wall and don't have any glass or glazing material covering the work. Another option is a <a href="/categories/framing/frames/float/">floating frame</a> for canvas, which creates the illusion that your artwork is "floating" within the frame. To shop all of our canvas frames, visit our <a href="/categories/framing/frames/canvas/">canvas frames page.</a>

  • What's the difference between cotton duck canvas and linen canvas?

    Cotton duck canvas is much less expensive than linen and has become the most popular support for oil and acrylic painting, especially for students. A properly prepared cotton canvas has longevity similar to linen, and it's more flexible and easier to stretch properly. However, cotton duck is considered too flexible for very large paintings. Linen canvas with an oil primer is the classic standard for oil paintings. Though more expensive and harder to stretch properly, linen canvas offers the smoothest and stiffest painting surface and has proven longevity. Strong and durable, linen holds up to a heavy painting hand and doesn't become slack as easily as cotton canvas. For many artists, linen canvas is worth the investment.