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In a Painting Forum Discussion on saving space and different types of supports, Gerald asked whether "anyone had ever had a canvas sheet framed" and what size canvas he should use since its will have to be mounted later when sold and certainly be much smaller?

In response, BeeDurham said she'd spoken to her art conservator hubby who "advises against stretching canvases after they were painted because, unless you stretch oil paintings within the year after they are painted, the likelihood of cracking the paint increases dramatically. Also, mounting with glue is not a good idea either, especially for oils. Because canvas is porous, the glue can seep through to the front, and you'll have a mess on your hands." Add your own thoughts to the discussion here...

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February 21, 2007 at 5:40 am
(1) Pete says:

I have stretched a dry oil painting on canvas by merely tapping the corner wedges of the stretchers. When I painted on it again the oil paint did not flow well as the vehicle was absorbed into the surface. The canvas did not keep taught however much I kept stretching it.

February 21, 2007 at 1:32 pm
(2) Bob. B says:

Hey Pete, I donít mean to be rude but the correct spelling is taut and not taught which is the past of teach.

All the best

Bob.

February 21, 2007 at 1:52 pm
(3) Pete says:

Bob, youíre a gentleman and a scholar!
Cheers mate.

Pete

February 22, 2007 at 10:16 am
(4) gretchen says:

I PREFER PRE-STRETCHED CANVASES. THEY ARE MUCH EASIER TO DEAL WITH. I THINK I’LL GO BUY SOME RIGHT NOW!

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