Where to buy canvas
In answer to John’s question about where to buy canvas and what type of canvas to buy let me discuss the possibilities.
First, you can go to a local art supply store and buy canvas. It will probably be no heavier than #12. The number on the canvas goes up as the weight of the canvas gets lighter, so a yard of #12 will weigh less than a yard of #8. Number 12 canvas is fine for small projects and for testing out the floorcloth-painting waters, but I wouldn’t recommend it for a piece that you plan to put a lot of work into or for a floorcloth that you want to last a long time. FredrixTM floorcloth canvas is #12 and is primed on both sides. This priming makes it feel heavier than it really is, and when you go to hem it, you’ll find that the canvas tends to warp and buckle. It has a very smooth finish which is nice to paint on, but it won’t hold up as well as #8 or heavier. If you find raw canvas, ask what the weight is and I wouldn’t suggest using anything lighter than #10 for a floorcloth. If it has been folded, don’t buy it. The creases are next to impossible to remove!
So, if you can’t find it locally, what to do? Call Canvasworks, of course! I spent years trying to hunt down small quantities of #8 canvas for my early floorcloth projects. When I had enough business to justify it, I bought my first bolt of 100 yards of canvas. Now I supply others with those smaller quantities you may be looking for. I sell raw #8 and #4 canvas as well as primed . But the best deal we offer is primed and hemmed blank floorcloths. We can make them to any size and straight-sided shape you want. Then all you have to do is unroll the floorcloth and start painting. No shrinking, priming, measuring or hemming needed!
You can order them online at http://canvasworksfloorcloths.com/wordpress/?page_id=44
We also have blank canvas placemats, if you want to start smaller.
In the new year I’ll also be offering patterns to go with the blanks. Please let me know which designs are of the greatest interest, and I’ll try to work them into my plans.