ISPM 15 Certification

ISPM 15 Certification

Having finally obtained ISPM 15 certification for our heat treatment facility, we can now mark all wooden stretcher frames with an internationally recognised

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Looking back …

Looking back ...

The Impressionist Vincent van Gogh, his life and work, always captivated the imagination of Winsen’s Canvases owners. We had the privilege of visiting the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam – a truly memorable experience that only heightened our appreciation for his art. Particularly interesting was the display

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Loose Primed Canvas

Loose Primed Canvas

Double-priming Cotton Duck, 2.8 x 5 meters. Loose canvas finds preference with those artists who like to work freely, unrestricted by stretcher size.

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In search of the ultimate finish

In search of the ultimate finish

Recent experiments with cloth density and ground layers, has given telling results under magnification. For example, 340g Cotton Duck with standard 2 coats Acrylic Primer reveals a rough or ‘toothy’ finish, with prominent cotton fibres. The same material prepared with an acrylic size or glue coat, before

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Heat Treatment Plant

Heat Treatment Plant

And on the subject of unwanted bugs … the wood we use, Obeche, has many desirable properties for manufacturing artist’s canvases and frames; stable, light weight, knot-free, easy to machine and sustainable. But it turns out wood-borer love it too. As such all timber must be kiln-dried

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Growing in knowledge

Growing in knowledge

The preparation of Oil Grounds as done the traditional way is an art in itself, and a well prepared ground forms a fundamental component of canvas preparation for an oil painting … get it wrong and the surface will be thirsty and brittle … get it right

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Plywood boards

Plywood boards
Potentially a new product line? We will see … MDF boards with backing frames are becoming increasingly popular for artistic purposes, to be worked on directly (after sealing) or covered with primed Cotton Duck Cloth, giving the impression of a stretched canvas. This recently completed project, however,Read more

Offcut canvases

Offcut canvases

See is the latest list of available discounted canvases … using local materials and imported linens … from small to very big!

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3 meter wide Belgian Linen

3 meter wide Belgian Linen

Belgian Linens have historically been limited to 2.1 meter wide rolls – we are happy to now offer 3 meter wide Universal Primed Belgium Linen. For artists wanting to work on a very large format, this quality can be stretched onto a 2.8 x 2.8m+ stretcher frame.

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NEW SERVICE: transporting artworks

NEW SERVICE: transporting artworks

Winsen’s Canvases will assist with the transportation of valued artworks or prints domestically … with our large, closed cabin delivery vehicle, we are able to assist with transporting your artworks or prints, canvases or frames in and around Gauteng. All pieces will be wrapped and secured, ensuring

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