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!

canvas.jpgSo, 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.

Category : Floorcloth Project &News

9 Comments → “Where to buy canvas”


  1. SARA TUCKER
    6 years ago

    I would love to try a floorcloth but I am not a painter. Do you think I could do a geometric design? Maybe I’ll try when you get patterns. Love your work.

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  2. John
    6 years ago

    Thanks Lisa,
    Very helpful

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  3. Gisele Theriault
    6 years ago

    You mention shrinking the canvas before priming it. How do you shrink it?

    Thanks,

    Gisele

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  4. lisa
    6 years ago

    We roll out 21 feet of canvas, soak it with very hot water, roll it up, turn it over and soak the other side, then allow the whole thing to air dry on plastic until it has shrunk as much as it wants to (this will be about a foot on a piece this size!).

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  5. Lisa
    6 years ago

    I think you are a wonderful artist. I did a basic black and white checkered floor cloth and used a heavy canvas painters tarp (12oz) that I double shrank, stretched to get the folds out, and then primed on both sides with Kilz. It was a first project and I didn’t want to spend a lot of money while practising. It has been 6 years now and it has been under my kitchen table and is used everyday and still looks great. I reapplied the top coat last year just for good measure. It really was a good $50.00 investment for a 9×12 floor cloth and I wasn’t as stress as I would have been on a more expensive piece. Next one I won’t be as timid in purchasing a more expensive piece of canvas. Your tips are very helpful. Thank you.

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  6. Toni
    5 years ago

    Hello:

    I am very interested in a zebra pattern. I was going to buy a rug for my kitchen but I am just too messy of a cook, then I remembered a canvas mat I saw that thought…that would be perfect as it can be wiped clean. Can you help me with the design?

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  7. Sarah
    5 years ago

    Hi Lisa, I have tried Fredrix, and you were right, it doesn’t hold up very well. What weight would you suggest for placemats? (if primed on both sides can I get away with 12?

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  8. Penelope
    4 years ago

    Hi Lisa,

    I’m looking to purchase heavy weight canvas. What’s available to me now is 10 oz canvas from an art supply store. Plus the width only goes up to 72″. I live in Vancouver B.C. Do you have any suggestions as to where I can purchase the heavier canvas locally or in northern Washington?

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    • lisa
      4 years ago

      Sorry, I don’t know what’s available out there for you. I do, however ship, although to Canada is pricey. I just shipped a 6′ X 8′ primed and hemmed canvas to Alberta and it was $67 for shipping. I’m happy to get you a shipping price if you like. Just tell me what size you need.

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