Canvas: Linen vs. Cotton

Canvas: Linen vs. Cotton


Hello this is John Morfis from helloartsy.com; today we’re going to be talking all about canvas, that stuff that artists
love to paint on. [helloartsy.com music] There’s two basic varieties of canvas;
we’ve got linen which comes from flax plant and then we’ve got cotton duck which
comes from cotton plants… not ducks. Both cotton and linen have a variety of
textures so you can purchase thicker canvas that has a little more
pronounced texture it’s good for larger paintings and maybe you want to
have some that texture show up in your painting. If so, the course texture is more
suitable for that. You can also buy portrait grade canvas
which has a little bit of a thinner weave and the texture is less
pronounced, great for obviously portraits and higher
detailed work smaller paintings. Where cotton duck differs greatly from linen is
in its elasticity. Cotton duck is very stretchy compared to
the linen. They also differ on price. Linen tends to be
way more expensive. To conclude, if you’re just starting out
I highly recommend sticking to cotton duck; it’s far cheaper
and its elasticity is easy to work with. That just about wraps
up today’s discussion. Please leave us a comment and let us
know what your experience have been with stretching canvas. I’m
John Morfis from helloartsy.com. Thanks for watching.

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