Paul Jones

Artist and Graphic Designer

Canvas Stretching Service

I stretch canvases for artists. It's something I've been doing since 2008, professionally for the last two years. Mass produced readymades can be disappointing, often dipping at the corners and vunerable to warping and damage. I believe in the highest quality, attention to details and want to offer that service.

I also prepare panels and have developed two unique surface textures that can be applied to canvas, panel and paper in any colour. They are a clay surface, which is non-absorbant and very smooth and a pastel surface for use with pigment, pastels and soft drawing materials (charcoal, graphite). You can see examples in the shop.

Canvases - Using traditional approaches I am experienced with making and using rabbit skin glue sizes and gesso oil/alkyd primers. I make these to specific requirments, following tried and tested recipes.

Using modern techniques, ph-neutral PVA size is applied and a triple coating of carefully brushed acrylic gesso. Clear gesso is an available option.

Pricing

Pricing: Cost of materials vary. Please phone Bristol Fine Art on 0117 926 0344 to enquire about options and pricing.

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Canvas Options

Frame: The stretcher bars are premium quality. There are thin edge and deep edge to choose from. For larger canvases, deep=edge is recommended to ensure durablility and longevity to avoid the risk of warping.

Surface You can choose between our duck-cotton canvas or linen.

Sizing: We size the canvas with artist grade, ph neutral PVA to seal and strengthen the canvas fibres.

Priming: The best quality Acrylic gesso is used for a smooth-brushed, white surface to work on. Three layers of Acrylic gesso are applied.

Frame: The stretcher bars are premium quality. There are thin edge and deep edge to choose from. For larger canvases, deep=edge is recommended to ensure durablility and longevity to avoid the risk of warping.

Surface You can choose between our duck-cotton canvas or linen.

Sizing: We size the canvas with a solution of rabbit skin glue, this seals and strengthens the canvas fibres, protecting them. It is hydroscopic and well-suited to oil-based media.

Priming: The best quality oil primers is used for a smooth-brushed, white surface to work on. We leave to become touch-dry for a couple of week. Alkyd primers are recommeded, which dry in roughtly half the time.

Textures: If you are interested to feel and test my surface mediums, there are some in the Shop.

Clay Surface: This is a very smooth, porcelain like, non-absorbent surface to work on. It has a lovely feel and look to it. It is best adapted for graphite, pen and ink but oils will go on it like enamel paints do on metal or paint pens on glass.

Pastel Surface: This has a chalky, gritty feel to it providing plenty of 'tooth' for soft pastels and any soft colouring material. It naturally hold the pigment really well, so there is no need for fixatives. It is specially developed adapted for soft pastels, charcoal and so on. It comes smooth or coarse.

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