One More Thing

One caveat to my last post on sizing linen canvas–I stretched a 36″ x 40″ canvas on Sunday and used the Gamblin PVA size on it and did get a few ripples, as it was
a very rainy day. I let it dry overnight and then sprayed the back of it with water and let that dry completely overnight.  The water tightened up any remaining ripples nicely. I haven’t tried stretching the canvas, then spraying both sides with water, letting that dry, and then using the size.  That might be the best order of operations of all. The linen shrinks when it dries, so all ripples should disappear. One note: when using pre-primed canvas, spraying the back with water will tighten the canvas temporarily, but does nothing to keep it from sagging in humidity.