August 18, 2006, Newsletter Issue #31: The Different Grades of Primed Canvas

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When shopping at an art supply store or through an online catalog, youíll notice that artists canvas comes in single, double and universal primed. Single primed canvas simply means that gesso has been applied only once. A single primed canvas is flexible and shows more of the fabricís texture. Double primed canvas is smoother and stiffer because it has an additional layer of gesso. Universal primed canvas is triple acrylic primed to accept oil, acrylics or alkyds.

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