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Gesso vs. Primer

This old debate eh? Well it is an important debate for good reason. The primer that is used on your painting surface will directly affect how your 'masterpiece' will adhere to the primed surface and how long it will last. In the 'olden days' gesso was a...

Cheap Canvas vs. Expensive Canvas

Why should I invest my hard earned Artistic dollar in a quality stretched canvas?! As an artist you are essentially selling yourself as a brand, therefore it's up to you to decide what you feel is professional enough to sell or exhibit. Your artistic name is...

What is Cotton Duck?

A Cotton Duck?! I am often asked about why canvas is called cotton duck. Well here is a brief history lesson…. The word canvas is derived from the 13th century Anglo-French canevaz and the Old French canevas. Both may be derivatives of the Vulgar Latin cannapaceus for "made of hemp," originating from the Greek κάνναβις (cannabis). Canvas is usually made...

A Perfect Tension: the art and craft of making artists’ canvases

Stretched canvas maker Alanah Tocker freely admits she has an obsession with timber. With more than ten years of industry experience, Alanah joined Felt a year ago to offer her high quality, fully customised painting surfaces as Stretched – a very appropriate name! Alanah starts with New Zealand first...