Winsen’s Canvases specialises in the manufacturing of Artists’ Canvases and Custom Hand-Gilded Frames, with the capability of re-stretching original artworks including the stretching of canvas prints.
Quality Support Structure
From the beginning, Winsen’s Canvases aimed to produce an artist’s canvas that would be distinct in quality. To this end it sourced quality timber – light and knot-free, our Obeche used is ideal for the construction of a stable stretcher. MDF Boards can also be used as a support on smaller sizes, providing a panel that is sturdy and compact, allowing the artist to work against a firm surface. A backing frame can be added to a board panel, providing additional strength and depth. More recently is the development of aluminium stretcher frames, finding application in unique environments or large sized canvases.
Various Canvas Types Available
A number of canvas cloth types are available, including 100% Natural Cotton Duck and Synthetic Polyester Cloth. Although Cotton Duck is the common choice, Polyester Cloth has gained popularity for artists wanting a tighter cloth stretch and finer weave, lending itself to a smoother finish. An extensive and growing range of Belgium Linens are available, and the artist can enjoy very specific textures from either Oil, universal or clear primed linens.
The primer used for our canvases is of particular importance
With ongoing research and refinements, Winsen’s Canvases as default double-primes all their canvases with an Acrylic Gesso. Key attributes to the primer include absorbency, flexibility, paint-ability and adhesion to canvas surface.
The stretching of Original Artworks and Prints for the individual, gallery, or printing house is a core capability of Winsen’s Canvases. Artworks are measured with accuracy and the stretcher frame made accordingly. Specific techniques are used to carefully stretch the artwork or print.
Custom framing with gold or silver leafing techniques, combined with specific washes can enhance an artwork, adding value and aesthetic beauty. The moulding range is continually expanding, as is the refinement of methods to achieve different finishes, ranging from highly distressed to clean and modern.
Winsen’s Canvases is also able to supply loose canvas on the entire product range, as un-primed or primed. Varying widths are available depending on the cloth type. Added to this is the manufacturing of round or custom shaped canvases – see our gallery for some examples.
Winsen’s Canvases strives to understand the needs of the artist and appreciates the importance of a quality product for them to work on. Winsen’s is proud that their product will become the support and a small part of an item of value and beauty.