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What are the little pieces of wood that come with pre-made canvas for?

These are called "canvas keys". The are shimmed into the corners of the canvas to maintain the tautness of the canvas. This generally happens only on machine-assembled frames, or on mass-produced ...
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What is the difference between linen and cotton canvas?

From Understanding the difference canvas and linen: Canvas can mean different things to different people. In the context of painting, the word ‘canvas’ means a fabric used as a painting surface. ...
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Pros and cons of using charcoal on a canvas

It depends on what you want to draw, and in what style. Working with charcoal on canvas will really emphasize the texture of the canvas, creating a rough impression. It will be hard to draw details - ...
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Removing creases from an oil painting canvas

Stretching it properly on the right sized frame should be enough to remove the creases, no water required. Properly is: Procuring a support of the right dimensions. The original frame on which the ...
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Distressing purchased wall art

Since it's a plastic surface mediums made for use with acrylic paints might be your answer. There are varnishes and glazing mediums specifically made for acrylic painting. Both mediums start out ...
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How to stretch a canvas without extra fabric?

You can staple it right at the outer edge of the frame instead of wrapping it over and stapling it at the back. You will still lose some of the canvas, though (if the canvas you are using has clean ...
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Gluing buttons on a stretched canvas

Buttons are made from a lot of different materials. Even plastic buttons are commonly made from half a dozen different kinds of plastic. Some of these are easy to glue and some are difficult. ...
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What sort of paper is "The Dark Pool" album cover made of?

Most of the images used for this collage look like torn from several coloured prints of astrophotographic images to me, printed on a heavy, presumably hand-made paper. The image below seems to feature ...
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How do you properly install canvas keys?

Canvas keys work by expanding the mitre joints at the corners of stretcher bars (see sketch below). As the canvas keys are driven into their recessed slots on the stretcher bars the canvas, which is ...
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Water based ink durability on canvas

Some pigments used in inks are UV sensitive and disappear rather quickly when exposed to sunlight, others remain unaffected. Having in mind the colours you need, make some research about which ...
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Distressing purchased wall art

If it has a frame with glass, or you're not against putting it in such a frame, you may paint a layer of glass paint on the glass, instead of working directly on the canvas. If you ever regret your ...
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Hang canvas without a frame

You don't need an outer frame. Here is a way to go about it:
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How do animators draw graphics at same place in each frame?

There may be a number of techniques used: Traditional animations had a complex workflow involving hand-coloured xerographed outlines. Backgrounds were drawn separately and reused (even in multiple ...
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What is the name of this kind of mechanism?

Armadillo Flip That's what I found: Source Source Source
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What is the name of this kind of mechanism?

Honestly, as far as I can tell, there doesn't seem to be a specific widely known name for this kind of folding canopy mechanism. That's not to say that it doesn't have a name, but that all of the ...
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How to clean up margins of a wet-on-wet oil painting?

Usually you don't clean the margins at all. If you painted on a canvas that wasn't stretched on a wooden frame (so just the fabric), the logical next step is to do exactly that. To mount the canvas, ...
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What kind of inexpensive paper/material is suitable for acrylic paint?

You'll want either canvas paper or canvas boards; both of these are very inexpensive alternatives to stretched canvas. Canvas paper comes in a pad, much like a standard sketchbook; numerous brands are ...
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What kind of inexpensive paper/material is suitable for acrylic paint?

If the children are young -- or even if they're old but not picky -- cardboard can be great for acrylic paints. Cut up boxes with them and then use the results as your canvas.
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Glittering canvases

I just sprinkle glitter on mine, while the paint (usually oil, but could be acrylic) is still wet. Shake it later so the loose bits fly off. When dry consider using hair spray as a first fix, then you ...
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If a canvas is sagging are canvas keys the only option?

No there are options. Being able to use canvas keys depends very much on having the right type of stretcher bars to work with. There are alternatives to help tighten a sagging canvas. One method to ...
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What is the best method of hanging canvas on a wall to work on?

Because the canvas will have to endure a lot of tension and movement, especially when you work with large and rough gestures, and because canvas consists of fibres and has a lot of texture, using tape ...
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What is the best method of hanging canvas on a wall to work on?

Staple gun or hammering finishing nails to the wall. How will it be presented after completion?
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How to choose style for canvas painting's sides?

Maybe as an addition to Joachims answer I'd like to highlight the different processes how the edge of the canvas gets it's paint. You'll see that it can be an indication of how the artist worked and ...
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How to stop dust, dirt and dry paint sticking onto my paintings when drying?

It is always good to paint in dust-free environments, and/or in areas where there is little to no draft. You can opt to vacuum before painting, allowing time for the dust that gets swept up to settle ...
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Technique to make acrylic paint dry faster?

Acrylic paints are already among the quickest drying paints there are and one hour really doesn't seem that much to me. Can't you just let the painting sit around for an hour undisturbed to dry? That ...
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Is the canvas used in pre-made packs the same as plain canvas pieces?

No, they are the same. But there are A LOT of different ready made canvases to choose from, prices ranging from pennies a square inch to tens of dollars per square inch. Price depends very much on ...
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Clear Gesso: Does it produce a translucent foundation layer?

I've used the clear gesso with pigments to create underpainting. Clear gesso mixed with acrylics can achieve a faux watercolor paint effect. (I found an example YouTube video here.) I personally did ...
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Can I create a 'professional level' canvas weave, using a manual loom machine?

If the handmade canvas was to be used only for painting, rebusB's answer is the obvious truth. And that can certainly be used for the original painting. However, the question also states the ...
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Can I create a 'professional level' canvas weave, using a manual loom machine?

Yes. At one point in time all canvas was made on manual loom machines. There are paintings from that time done on canvas therefore painting canvas can be hand loomed. It can be woven as tight as you ...
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Is there paint without texture?

Just apply a thick layer of the canvas preparation, Gesso, over the existing paint. That will handle the absorbency issues and somewhat reduce the texture issue.
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