Part of the many things you can control as a painter is the canvas that you work on. Linen by its nature is much stronger and durable than cotton and has been proven to stand the test of time. Serious painters should paint on linen. Cotton canvas, although the most popular today, are not as strong and deteriorate almost five times faster rate than linen. Originally offered for students it is unfortunate that cotton is so often used because the value of linen is so often overlooked.
For over 40 years, the Narozni family have been crafting fine art supports in Provence France where the warm dry climate is deal for slow and stable drying of the primed fabrics. Close attention to detail makes Artfix not a commodity but a premium product for the educated artist wanting the very best.By combining time-honored European methods of priming with modern chemistry, Artfix canvases provide a conservator's grade painting surface that assures the direction that you want to take and preserves finished art century after century.
All Artfix linen canvases feature the longest natural thread (fewer knots) for strong, flawless surfaces. All are double sized for protection against oil paints allowing uniform "breathing" which reduces paint film stress. Primers up to 4 layers (84C and 84U) are hand applied and sanded, care that prevents peeling, flaking or cracking. Imagine the time required to apply 6 layers of sizing and primer. An amazing process that produces unbelievable primed canvas.
- Lead Style Oil Primed Canvas - C Styles - The traditional qualities of a lead priming without its toxicity. It unique absorbency allows oil paints to "bite" into the surface, increasing adhesion and depth of color. When glazed, colors glow from within. Oil primed styles are highly recommended for oil color painting and Alkyd painting.
- Universal Primer - U Styles - Emulates the many characteristics of oil-based primers, with acrylic's durability and elasticity. Unlike "glossy" acrylic primers, its surface is more matte and a bit more absorbent. It is excellent for oil paints, acrylic paint, egg tempera, casein, and even drawing media.