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5 Things to Consider When Choosing Stretcher Strips

Stretcher strips (also called stretcher bars) are typically made of wood, metal or a combination of the two. The different types of wood can range from pine to fir. Whether

Heavy Texturing and Layering Techniques 101

Every artist dreams of creating works of art that will enthrall everyone from novices to notable critics. While a talented artist can certainly create captivating paintings using a variety of

Watercolor Canvas vs. Watercolor Paper – What’s the Difference?

Every artist knows that painting on watercolor canvas versus watercolor paper has its advantages and disadvantages. However, for many artists the positives far outweigh the negatives. For starters, watercolor canvas

Tell Me More About Cotton Duck Canvas

Cotton duck, also called duck cloth, duck, or duck canvas, is a popular type of textile used in a wide range of industries from art and apparel to boating and

Getting to Know the Gallery System . . . and How to Survive it

No one says breaking into the glamorous world of art is easy. But when you think about it, breaking into any creative career can be difficult. Just ask any successful

The Wonders of Canvas. . . From the Beginning of Time

Thousands of years before the development of what is now known as “artist’s canvas,” linen and cotton were used for everything from mummification and tapestries to Venetian paintings. These versatile

Why Your Masterpiece Will Withstand the Test of Time

What does Fredrix have to do with quality canvas and preserving masterpieces? Plenty! For nearly 150 years, Fredrix Canvas has been in the business of creating fine canvas that’s guaranteed

Brush up on Your History of Oil and Acrylic Sizing and Grounds

While many of the tools and methods used to create a painting have evolved over the centuries, some things never change—because they can’t. For example, acrylic paint dries by evaporation,

How priming affects the longevity of your painting

Whether you’re getting ready to put brush to canvas for the first time, or are a seasoned fine artist, there are certain things to be aware of before making that