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#1 The Princess

Posted 31 December 2006 - 12:36 PM


I am making a wall hanging for both of kids rooms - what type of glue in best for glueing Fbaric - (mostly cotton) onto Canvas?



#2 Guest_Emjay_*

Posted 31 December 2006 - 11:19 PM

I'd try some spray adhesive, or perhaps some iron-on vliseofix!

Good Luck.

#3 Guest_Mini-Grey_*

Posted 09 January 2007 - 02:07 PM


Found this in an email from one of my craft yahoo groups.....

Firstly - yes, there are quite a few very cheap canvasses in the shops now. Things to watch for:

- some of them are really BRITTLE. Because they're very thin canvas, all that's really holding them together is the "priming" (usually a thin layer of acrylic gesso/titanium white acrylic paint). I'm going to recommend the Jasart brand - not because I particularly like them, but because they tend to be reliably sturdy for a cheap price and are widely
available. Depending on size, they should be well under $20 - the last ones I bought were 8" squares are were about $11 each.

- Check the edges for staples: some of the really cheap ones (and even some professional level canvasses) have staples along the edges. Which is fine if you're going to be putting them into a frame, but the trend now is to paint the canvas edges and leave it UNframed - and staples look yuk. The staples should be on the back of the frame.

- check that the canvas is actually square - some of the cheaper ones are turned out by the thousands and some get through quality control with angles that are way off 90 degrees.

OK now you've got your canvas, you want to know what to use to stick down your fabric. First thing to be aware of is that ANY GLUE will change the look and feel of the fabric. (If you don't want that, then I suggest making your picture oversize and lacing it around the back of the canvas.) Some glues will change the colour of the fabric (initially darker while the glue is wet, but some glues might make your fabric stay
darker) and some will leave you with a shiny surface which may or may not be what you want.

The cheapest option is to mix good old PVA white glue with water. I find about half and half works well, but that will leave a shiny surface. You can dilute less and get some really cool effects with stiffened 3D fabric bits, too. Too thin and the mix will just soak in without doing much and take forever to dry.

USE AN OLD (or CHEAP!!!) brush for this mix, don't get a good art store brush, because anything acrylic sets irretrievably ROCK HARD if you don't rinse it out thoroughly before it sets. Oh, and before you use the cheap (crazy's, $2 shop) brush make sure you give it a good beating - thwack the bristles apart across the edge of a table to make sure all the hairs that are gonna come out do so before they attach themselves to your work. (Or most of them, anyway). Some brushes are sold with a gum arabic coating on the bristles to make them look nice in the packet - rinse this away THEN thwack to get rid of the loose bristles.

If you are planning on doing a lot of this sort of thing, then you can buy acrylic gel medium in matte or shiny - it's essentially the same as the white glue, but a better consistency, and guaranteed to be suitable for more paint layers.

Have fun!


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