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Primed Linen

We sell a wide variety of quality linens are machine and hand primed using traditional raw materials.

Our Belgian linens are machine primed, giving the canvas an even and consistent coating along with a reduced cost. Oil primed linen is a warm white and is not absorbent, thus only suitable for oil paint. Acrylic primed canvases is 50% absorbent and has a bright white colour. It is suitable for both acrylic and oil paints. The linens have very different handling properties when using oil paints.

French hand primed linens are made in the south of France using the same materials as the Belgian linens. The linen is stretched over large 10m frames and primed in the traditional method by hand using long 'sword' spatulas. This leaves a slightly thicker application than machine priming and gives the linen a characteristic weave distortion at the sides from where it has been stretched over the frame.

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  1. Russell & Chapple Studio Primed Linen 81 in / 205 cm

    Russell & Chapple Studio Primed Linen 81 in / 205 cm

    Linen Primed R&C Studio 81in - Medium textured and very economical Italian made linen, with a universal acrylic primer. Learn More
  2. Belgian Absorbent Chalk Primed Linen

    Belgian Medium Absorbent Chalk Primed Linen 84 in / 213 cm

    Belgian Medium Absorbent Chalk Primed Linen

    This linen has been sized and primed with a traditional 'gesso' type chalk and glue primer.

    The surface is highly absorbent and designed for artists using water-based paints, such as tempera, for fresco effects. It is not advised for oil paints.

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  3. Belgian Medium Sized Linen 84 in / 213 cm

    Belgian Medium Sized Linen 84 in / 213 cm

    Belgian Medium Sized Linen
    This linen has been sized, so can be either painted directly onto with oil or acrylic or primed with the primer of your choice.

    Please note that the sized surface is fragile and should be protected with a varnish if it is left unpainted.

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  4. French Sized Fine Linen 84 in / 213 cm

    French Sized Fine Linen 84 in / 213 cm

    Linen Sized Fine 84in Unprimed linen with a coat of synthetic size. Ideal for the artists who wants to prime their own canvas or likes to leave the colour of the linen visible during painting. This coating is more fragile than a primed surface, so care should be taken leaving unpainted areas of linen exposed and varnishing should be considered. Learn More
  5. French Universal Primed Coarse Linen 84 in / 213 cm

    French Universal Primed Coarse Linen 84 in / 213 cm

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    French Universal Primed Coarse Linen 84 in / 213 cm An extremely dense and textured linen canvas with a distinctive tooth. Hand primed with two coats of universal acrylic primer for oil and acrylic paints. Learn More
  6. French Universal Primed Linen 84 in / 213 cm

    French Universal Primed Linen 84 in / 213 cm

    Linen Primed Fr Universal 84in - Fine linen, hand-primed with two coats of universal acrylic primer. Learn More
  7. French Double Oil Primed Linen 84 in / 213 cm

    French Double Oil Primed Linen 84 in / 213 cm

    Linen Primed Fr Oil DP 84in - Quite fine linen, hand primed in France with two coats of oil primer for a smooth finish. (Oil paint only) Learn More
  8. French Single Oil Primed Linen 84 in / 213 cm

    French Single Oil Primed Linen 84 in / 213 cm

    Linen Primed Fr Oil SP 84in - Quite fine linen, hand primed in France with oil primer. (Oil paint only) Learn More
  9. French Universal Primed Superfine Linen 84 in / 213 cm

    French Universal Primed Superfine Linen 84 in / 213 cm

    Linen Primed Fr Univ Superfine 84in - Extremely fine linen, hand-primed with four coats of universal acrylic primer for a super smooth finish. Learn More
  10. Universal Primed Fine MFH Linen 84 in / 213 cm

    Universal Primed Fine MFH Linen 84 in / 213 cm

    MFH Linen Primed Medium Acrylic 84in Imported grade universal primed linen with a medium textured surface, Excellent value product. Learn More

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