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Author Topic: Single thick stretched canvasses - do they need frames?  (Read 1655 times)


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on: December 06, 2012, 08:52:51 PM

Do they or don't they?

Some single thick (approx 18mm or 3/4") canvasses are advertised on Cheap Joes web site, and it states:

"Joe's Prime Really Good Canvas Standard Depth, is an economical, 100% artist grade cotton duck art canvas. Each 7 oz. canvas is double-primed with an acrylic formula, acid-free gesso. No need to frame, this art canvas is pre-stretched and back-stapled around back to a 3/4" stretcher bar to provide a clean appearance."

I'm not looking to buy them, I'm just questioning the need or non-need to frame such canvasses as these. I have seen on the forum before that double thick is the first thickness that doesn't need a frame.

Having gotten interested in the abstracts, I feel they look a little silly framed. But if there is an insistance that they should be framed when painted on anything thinner than double thick, then it makes it plain silly to paint on a single thick, due to costs.

Is there really a reason for framing, or is it just more snobbery from the purists?

Just wondering...

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Reply #1 on: January 15, 2013, 05:25:06 PM


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Reply #2 on: January 15, 2013, 06:25:00 PM
I have used a lot of 3/4" canvases over the years, (I can buy them inexpensively and they were a great way to practice my painting skills).  I have painted many as well as 1 1/2", but the canvases are more expensive, but don't require framing.  I usually gallery wrap (paint the sides) whether it is 3/4 or 1 1/2".  To frame the 3/4 inch isn't easy, since the rebate on most commercial frames does not accomodate this size (usually 1/4 to 1/2 inch).  Lately I have discovered the floating frames, which do accomodate the 3/4" canvas and can sometimes be purchased inexpensively, or I just leave them unframed, and they look fine.   If someone really wanted to frame the 3/4" canvas, you could take the painted canvas off the stretcher and put into a regular frame.  That sounds like a lot of work for me, so unless I needed to ship it far away I wouldn't bother.  Since my skills have improved somewhat I have started to use the canvas panels, which are economical and can be set into a commercial frame leaving you with a nicely framed final product without having to spend a lot to custom frame it. Hope this info is helpful


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