A canvas board is a sheet of
hardboard, MDF or sturdy cardboard onto which universally-primed
cotton has been glued. This ensures that the cotton can no longer
expand due to the absorption of moisture.
The Talens canvas boards are
universally-primed and are therefore suitable for all types of
For the cotton to adhere well onto the cardboard the absorption
of the cardboard first has to be reduced. You can do this by
applying a layer of Amsterdam acrylic binder 005.
If the cardboard is so absorbent that the Amsterdam acrylic
binder is completely absorbed (once dry the surface looks partially
or completely dry), then apply a second layer.
After a few hours, once the Amsterdam acrylic binder is dry
enough, apply a layer of Acrylic binder on both the presized
cardboard and the rear of the canvas and let it dry until the glue
is sticky to the touch.
Then place the cotton on the board and rub the canvas firmly
from the centre outwards. For more attractive results cut the
canvas somewhat larger than the cardboard.
Once the canvas has adhered well for some time, cut the corners
and glue the edges to the back in the same way. Now you can apply
Gesso, preferably in two layers at right angles to one another.
It is also possible to use Gesso to attach the canvas on the
cardboard. After the cardboard has been presized apply a layer of
Gesso, place the canvas on the wet Gesso, brush with a spalter (a
broad flat brush) from the centre outwards, and then immediately
apply a first priming layer of Gesso. Rub this layer well into the
Once this layer is dry, attach any projecting edges with
Amsterdam acrylic binder or Gesso to the rear. A second layer of
Gesso can be applied at right angles to the other layer. Amsterdam
acrylic binder produces the strongest adherence of the canvas to
the ground as Amsterdam acrylic binder does not contain any dry raw
materials such as pigment and chalk.
To prevent the cardboard from warping as much as possible it is
best to treat the rear of the cardboard with a few layers of
Amsterdam acrylic binder or Gesso.