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    Question asked 2017-05-14 17:05:44 ... Most recent comment 2017-05-21 02:21:32
    Rigid Supports Oil Paint Flexible Supports

    ​I know that historically, linen with a close, tight weave was prefered for its strength. If one is mounting (pre-primed) linen to a rigid panel rather than stretching it, is there any particular reason to worry about using a loose-weave linen similar to what would have been called an "Étude" canvas in the 19th century? "Loose" meaning that there is enough space between the yarns that you can see tiny squares of the ground from the back of the linen. 

    ArtFix L21C and Fredrix Paris #908 HP are modern examples of this type of linen. I like the texture a lot on both, but am not sure if the loose weave is likely to be an issue in mounted linen. 

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    I am happy to say that you can set aside your worries regarding loose weave canvas supports (also called "open" weave) IF you are mounting them to a rigid support. So paint away!

    Kristin deGhetaldi
    2017-05-14 17:24:18
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    ​Excellent--thanks!  :)

    2017-05-15 12:17:09
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    ​dear Moderator

    I hope it's OK to ask a related question here. I came across some fairly lightweight but strong, good quality linen (not designed for artists' use) which I have adhered to a panel (after washing and rinsing it well, though it didn't appear to have any dressing on it). It's possible it's a mixture of cotton and linen fibres but my sense is that it's most likely pure linen. Is it terribly unwise to use linen that is not specifically designated for artists' use in making a textile-on-panel support of this kind? Thanks for any help you can give me on this question. 

    2017-05-20 23:51:05
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    ​Hi there...yes it should be fine to use this fabric if you are mounting to a rigid support.

    Kristin deGhetaldi
    2017-05-21 00:09:46
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    ​great--thanks Kristin! 

    2017-05-21 02:21:32

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