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Primed Linen

We sell a wide variety of quality linens are machine and hand primed using traditional raw materials.

Our Belgian linens are machine primed, giving the canvas an even and consistent coating along with a reduced cost. Oil primed linen is a warm white and is not absorbent, thus only suitable for oil paint. Acrylic primed canvases is 50% absorbent and has a bright white colour. It is suitable for both acrylic and oil paints. The linens have very different handling properties when using oil paints.

French hand primed linens are made in the south of France using the same materials as the Belgian linens. The linen is stretched over large 10m frames and primed in the traditional method by hand using long 'sword' spatulas. This leaves a slightly thicker application than machine priming and gives the linen a characteristic weave distortion at the sides from where it has been stretched over the frame.

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  1. Belgian Fine Double Oil Primed Linen

    Belgian Fine Double Oil Primed Linen

    Starting at: £0.25

    This is our finest portrait linen for oil painters. The double oil priming gives a very smooth and even texture to the material making it the surface of choice for portrait painters who use fine detail work. Learn More
  2. Belgian Acrylic Primed Coarse Linen

    Belgian Acrylic Primed Coarse Linen

    Starting at: £1.50

    Belgian Acrylic Primed Coarse Linen Learn More
  3. Belgian Fine Oil Primed Linen

    Belgian Fine Oil Primed Linen

    Starting at: £0.25

    A fine linen ideal for portrait work with a smooth oil priming. Learn More
  4. Belgian Medium Oil Primed Linen

    Belgian Medium Oil Primed Linen

    Starting at: £0.25

    Belgian Medium Oil Primed Linen Very popular medium linen for oil paint that has enough texture to give a lively surface without being too coarse. The 122 inch wide roll is primed by hand and only available to order. Please allow up to three weeks for delivery of this item. Learn More
  5. Belgian Medium Double Oil Primed Linen

    Belgian Medium Double Oil Primed Linen

    Starting at: £0.25

    This is the same linen as the Medium Oil Primed Belgian Linen, but with an extra coat of primer to smooth out the texture a little. Learn More
  6. Belgian Medium Acrylic Primed Linen

    Belgian Medium Acrylic Primed Linen

    Starting at: £0.25

    Belgian Medium Acrylic Primed Linen Learn More
  7. Universal Primed Fine MFH Linen 84 in / 213 cm

    Universal Primed Fine MFH Linen 84 in / 213 cm

    MFH Linen Primed Medium Acrylic 84in Imported grade universal primed linen with a medium textured surface, Excellent value product. Learn More
  8. French Universal Primed Superfine Linen 84 in / 213 cm

    French Universal Primed Superfine Linen 84 in / 213 cm

    Linen Primed Fr Univ Superfine 84in - Extremely fine linen, hand-primed with four coats of universal acrylic primer for a super smooth finish. Learn More
  9. French Single Oil Primed Linen 84 in / 213 cm

    French Single Oil Primed Linen 84 in / 213 cm

    Linen Primed Fr Oil SP 84in - Quite fine linen, hand primed in France with oil primer. (Oil paint only) Learn More
  10. French Double Oil Primed Linen 84 in / 213 cm

    French Double Oil Primed Linen 84 in / 213 cm

    Linen Primed Fr Oil DP 84in - Quite fine linen, hand primed in France with two coats of oil primer for a smooth finish. (Oil paint only) Learn More

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