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Postby Menolly » Mon Jul 28, 2008 8:23 pm

I have three panels of cardboard-backed canvas that I would like to use, but I do not have a lot of paint left, and don't want to waste too much experimenting with it. Does anyone know what mediums work best with it, and what I should expect compared to illustration board? I appreciate any suggestions.
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Postby arlynnhr » Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:58 am

I have used them with oils, but from what I know they are also used for acrilycs.
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Postby Singular » Tue Jul 29, 2008 11:12 am

You should be able to paint on carboard backed canvas with any medium. Is it pre-primed?
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Postby Menolly » Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:47 pm

I don't know if it's pre-primed; the canvas came with a set of drawing papers I received for Christmas a couple of years ago, wrapped in plastic but without any other packaging or information. Is there a way I would be able to tell from looking at it?
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Postby Singular » Tue Jul 29, 2008 2:34 pm

If it is wrapped and new, it is probably primed. It will be white in color, as opposed to a cream or natural tannish color.
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Postby Menolly » Tue Jul 29, 2008 11:30 pm

Yep, it's primed then. Anything else I should be aware of? I really appreciate the input.
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Postby Riaan Marais » Sat Nov 08, 2008 4:00 pm

(Anything else I should be aware of?) Yip, do not let it get wet!!! The board will warp and the canvas will peal from the board. It is also good not to hang it against a damp wall. I did animals (cheatas) on canvas board. Spend many hours and lots a painting due to damp!

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Postby shakenspeare2 » Sun Mar 08, 2009 11:52 am

I've noticed that with the cardboard backed canvases that acrylics can tend to accentuate any warpin already evident due to the shrinking paint. Other than that, they work well and are very price effective.

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Postby Menolly » Sun Mar 08, 2009 1:12 pm

I'll bear that in mind, thanks!
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Re: new to working with canvas

Postby LiveFreeSP » Sun May 12, 2013 9:15 pm

So far I've used spray paint and acrylic on them.. the rattle stays fine but the acrylic tended to crack if i had glazed it abit much...


:-/ just realized this was in '08...
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Re: new to working with canvas

Postby rhknigh » Mon May 13, 2013 6:34 am

Seems like an "oldie but a goodie" has resurfaced. I think the information is timeless so it is great to have it on top of the discussion thread pile again.
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Re: new to working with canvas

Postby LiveFreeSP » Mon May 13, 2013 9:36 am

Sometimes the older threads are the best threads >_< And this actually helped me!!( haven't had the back turn)

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