Using and Priming Non-Artist Polyester CanvasApproveRejectUn-ApproveSubscribeUn-Unsubscribe
Question asked 2016-12-13 19:44:14 ...
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I'd like to try painting on polyester canvas. Unfortunately, it's difficult to find artist polyester canvas where I live; equally difficult is getting untreated, "loomstate" polyester fabric. Easy to find, though, is polyester canvas for inkjet printing, and plain polyester canvas from the fabric store. My question is, are either of those an acceptable substitute, and safe to prime with acrylic gesso? I'm concerned that washing the canvas wouldn't properly remove the coatings it would have, causing adhesion problems for the gesso. Perhaps it would be be wiser to stick with cotton and polycotton canvases, made for artists, until a source for artist polyester canvas becomes available? Thank you.
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EditDeleteModerator AnswerTwo things first. What is the attraction to polyester as a substrate for you and what type of paint are you planning to use on the polyester? I generally worry about the the overly flexible of polyester for any paint media other than acrylic dispersion paints. Let is know that and in the meantime I will ask some of the other moderators their opinions.
EditDeleteModerator AnswerYour additional info adds a lot to the discussion, especially your intention of adhering the polyester to the rigid support. I have far fewer misgivings about everything knowing this. Michael Skalka is actually one of our moderators and I will see if he has anything to add. I have also sent out an email to a couple of other authorities as well so please check back for additional information.
EditDeleteModerator AnswerI understand your frustration about availability of suitable fabric from locally. It is important to be wary of fabrics from common fabric stores as Matthew Kinsey, pointed out. The sizes that are used in these fabrics to resist the effects of water and reduce wrinkling are often very different than those that are appropriate for sizing a traditional painting. Is this a matter of availability or economy? If the former, where do you live? Perhaps there is a source for fabrics specifically offered for artists closer than you think.
EditDeleteModerator AnswerThanks Michael. Great response.
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