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« on: March 18, 2013 11:16:51 AM »

I recently bought a painting at an estate sale. I felt so bad for it. It looks like someone had put their foot through it but I liked it and it was only a dollar. It had no frame and the canvas was torn away from three sides except the bottom and pieces were falling off. Today I went about putting a piece of plywood in the frame that the canvas was once attached to. Whoever had it before unfortunatly started to use *gulp* duct tape on the back to keep it together and then probably when that didn't work a piece of fabric after that. In a few places you can see the tape from behind and i hope to use pieces that have fallen off or maybe paint to at least blend in with it. So I'm going to be glueing the canvas to fabric and to wood. I want it to stick and not bleed through the paint. Any ideas on what product to use?
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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2013 12:27:10 PM »

I would use gel medium. Golden makes nice ones in different weights-heavy would work the best in this case.  I use it all the time in collage and mixed media art and it sticks well with no bleed through. 

I hope you post a picture of your restored painting!
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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2013 01:52:44 PM »

I second using the gel medium, but why are you deciding to glue fabric to the canvas?  (I'm sorry if maybe I missed some detail about why)
Was the canvas stretched before with staples?  If so, it would be easier to get a new stretcher frame and re-stretch it (and easier on the art) than it would be to try to attach fabric and wood with glue.  Plus canvas can sweat and collect moisture, which is why they usually don't have glass on them when framed, so they can breathe the fresh air, by putting fabric and wood directly over the entire back, you risk providing the canvas with an area to collect moisture and grow mould. 
Also a random little fun fact, if you want to clean the surface of the painting, use a piece of white bread! It is soft and will actually absorb dirt, oil and other nastys that have collected over the years.
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