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Polyester Canvas

If you are interested in knowing about the most stable canvas to use read on: it is not Belgian linen, which rots in time like cotton canvas, and expands and contracts much more than cotton when humidity levels change. The most stable canvas is polyester, which does not rot and is dimensionally stable. Many Sydney artists have been using polyester strainers supplied by Tamarisque (of Albion St, Surry Hills, Sydney) for many years.

They are simple strainers, not wedged stretchers, because the polyester used is so stable dimensionally that there is no expansion/contraction problem, even in the tropics where humidity levels can vary between 35% and 95%.

The basic scientific investigation underpinning the above preference for polyester is contained in what we have called the ‘Ottawa Conservators Report’ which we have been publishing for many years because it is so important.

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    Raphael commented on Mai 7, 2007, at 11:22 pm.

    Sounds great stuff, where can one get it ? Raphael

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    Jason commented on Mai 8, 2007, at 8:49 am.

    Hi Raphael, I have been using polyester canvases for some time now and they are great, you can get them from Tamarisque Fine Art they are at 27 Albion St SURRY HILLS NSW 2010 p: (02) 92121223.


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    Raphael commented on Mai 10, 2007, at 11:34 pm.

    Tks.Jason, a slight problem I forgot to add , I am a Pommy based b.... anyone know of providers this side of the Equator ?? Raphael

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    Jason commented on Mai 11, 2007, at 9:39 pm.

    Sorry Raphael, I should have thought about it before I posted. I wouldn't have a clue where to get them in the UK.

    I hope someone else knows.


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    commented on Mai 13, 2007, at 3:41 pm.

    Keith -Sunday 13 May 2007

    Jason is right about the polester canvases being more than satisfactory. I teach and my students enjoy their qualities. You do not say what part of Pom land you reside but try London Art Shop 132 Finchley Rd. London NW3 SHS or up North try Bottomleys, Unit SU19, The Wheatsheaf Centre, Yorkshire St, Rochdale, Lancashire OL16 1JZ A reet champion firm to deal with.
    or are in Middlesex.

    Regards Keith Norris Artist / Tutor.

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    keizersgracht commented on Mai 23, 2007, at 4:19 pm.

    Where can I find polyester canvas in the US, either mail order or in Los Angeles? I would prefer a roll instead of stretched.
    Any suggestions? Thanks a lot.

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    jen commented on Juin 4, 2007, at 4:30 am.

    Hi Bianca!

    I'm in the USA. I know Fredrix makes a 100% polyester canvas, rolls only, called PolyFlax Red Lion. I'm sure if you contact better fine arts suppliers they can order it for you, or you can google it for online retailers. Make sure it's Red Lion, beacuse they also make polyflax/cotton blends.

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    Peter Hassell commented on Juin 15, 2007, at 3:36 pm.

    Stretched polyester canvases are available from The Framing Shop at Forster NSW 02 6555 4431 or email

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    ShimmeringSue commented on Février 18, 2008, at 5:23 pm.

    I am just getting back into painting after a few years break and am catchign up on wht's new. Your discussion led me to which has Fredrix Red Lion Polyflax #520 59"x6 yards at A$137.30

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    canvasrepublic commented on Juillet 30, 2008, at 6:41 pm.

    And the same can be said about it for canvas printing to, we have used it for our canvas prints for 3 years, never any faults and perfect colour everytime. totally advocates Polyester canvas

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    artbypeople commented on Octobre 31, 2008, at 3:53 am.

    We dont agree really. Poly canvas are not our preferred material, we got for cotton. Our customers generally complain about polycanvas products. - For our full list of products

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    canvasart commented on Juin 10, 2009, at 9:18 pm.

    Poly canvas offers great colour reproduction for our photo to canvas. With other benefits that include no cracked edges and stretches tighter than a cotton canvas. we use polyester and are proud of it!

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    Canvas Photo Prints commented on Août 18, 2010, at 6:27 am.

    Why not use best of both worlds? We use polycotton blends - as most of biggest canvas media producers suggest - blends of cotton and polyester actually have better response to humidity & temperature.

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    sheri commented on Novembre 16, 2010, at 10:07 pm.

    Quality Canvas Art
    we use ploycotton blends , we did use cotton but had prob with cracking on edge when stretching aronud the frame.