Can't find what you want from our extensive range of ready made canvases? Do you need a special canvas for a commission, looking for the best quality or just enjoy priming your own canvases, but don't have the space or tools to stretch them yourself?
We can help!
We have a specialist team of artist staff who use stretcher bars from our regular stock and any of the fabrics on our website, to make you a custom canvas in a choice of three profiles. You can choose from cotton, synthetic or linen; primed or unprimed, for your bespoke canvases which are all hand made and professionally finished. They can then be carefully packed to send out to you, or if you wish, you can collect from our art shop in Thrupp, Stroud.
Custom canvas sizes range from 18cm x 18cm to a maximum of 250cm x 180cm (this is because we can't get anything bigger than that out of the building.) So whether you are after a chunky square canvas or a long narrow rectangular canvas we can make it for you and we even have a selection of round canvases available online.
We are also happy to re-stretch paintings, depending on size and condition, but we would need to see the canvas to assess the job.
To give you an idea of the choice available, we have three different depth profiles of European stretcher bars all of which are made from laminated (finger jointed) wood. Our customers have confirmed over the years that they are the best exhibition quality stretcher bars, strong, well made and most important of all non-warping.
Museum 45 Stretcher Bars 4.5cm depth (approx. 1.75") x 4.4cm - Lengths available from 30cm, bestseller for larger canvases, no need to frame.
Classic No 6 Stretcher Bars 2cm depth (approx. 0.75") x 6.5cm - Lengths available from 30cm, popular for framing, the wider width makes it possible to have larger canvases in this depth.
Classic No 4 Stretcher Bars 1.8cm depth (approx. 0.71") x 4.4cm - Lengths from 18cm to 1 metre, finest profile popular for portraits artists and framing.
We buy our fabrics from suppliers with great reputations to ensure the best archival surfaces for artists. Our Claessens Belgian linens are available in fine and medium weights, primed and unprimed. The primed synthetic fabric is exceptionally smooth. Our unprimed cotton canvas comes in two weights, 12oz and the lighter economical 9oz and our primed cotton is a strong 10oz weight.
If you prefer stretcher bars in imperial inches lengths we have a wonderful sister company who will bespoke make any size. The stretcher bar wood for this service is 3.2cm deep.
Call us on 01453 886560 or contact us to discuss your requirements and ask for a quote. Please allow for a two week turnaround for bespoke canvases.