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« on: November 11, 2008 01:28:32 PM »

Hi all,
I am looking for adive about how to keep unstretched canvas from curling at the edges. I have done a couple of paintings on unstretched canvas- a name sign for my son, another for a friend's daughter, and an abstract for my home. I enjoy working with unstretched canvas and would like to do a few things for christmas gifts, but I am reluctant to do so when the corners and edges curl.

When I did my paintings I didn't have any gesso, but I used a good quality acrylic primer and a roller. I know that house paint (even the really good stuff) has a higher water content than gesso, so I am wondering if this may perhaps be the culprit... I have also wondered if my canvas is a little thicker than it shouldbe for this.

Anyway, any suggestions or comments would be welcome!

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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2008 04:06:46 PM »

you could always cut your canvas larger than what you want, and then 'stretch' it by taping it down to a board to paint.  When you're done and it is completely dry, you can cut off the excess.  That has always helped curling for me.  Or you could also try pre-primed canvas but I don't know how much that would curl cause I've never used it.

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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2008 08:26:53 PM »

I have never worked with unstretched canvas before but I would probably do what I do with watercolor paper. Get a board bigger then the canvas and tape all around the edges. The blue painters tape works really well. Since it isn't paper you won't have to worry about the paper ripping or the layers separating, so you could probably get away with any type of masking tape. Let the paint dry completely before you take the tape off. You may even want to stretch the canvas a little bit and tape it to the back of the board. That way you would have the unpainted edges around your work if that is what you are going for. Hope that helps and that I am in time for your project for the holidays.
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