Thursday, June 13, 2013

Making Canvas Panels

I've tried a couple of ways of making canvas panels including using Miracle Muck as the adhesive.  My latest attempt is my favorite and not as expensive as buying a dry mount press and the adhesive sheets.  These are the materials you will need in order to create a panel as good as the commercial ones.
Materials Needed
Birchwood panels cut to size
Canvas cut to size with an extra 1/8th of an inch on each side
Lamin-All (liquid adhesive)
Exacto knife
house painting brush

First dilute the Lamin-All with water.  About a fourth of a cup of Lamin-All and 1 Tab. water.  Stir and store in plastic container.
Next brush a thin coat of Lamin-All on one side of the wood panel.  Let it set for approximately 30 minutes until it goes from a milky color to clear.

After it turns clear, position the canvas on the board, cover with cloth, and press with the iron (set to perm. press).  Iron for about 3 minutes-more if the board is larger.

After the panel cools, trim the excess canvas flush with the edge.

I completed five panels during this session in an assembly line type production system.  And the finished products.  Tadaaah!


  1. Thank you so much for this post! I wanted to order Miracle Muck before the weather got too hot for it to be shipped-but I got busy and forgot. What a Giving Artist you are!

  2. Thank you for your kind comment. As a life long educator, it's just my nature to "pass it on."

  3. I´m curious if your finished product could be called ACID FREE for archival purposes. I always check for this when buying canvas and panels. Otherwise the painting will be affected by the acid in the substrate.

  4. Good question. The first sentence on the label of Lamin-All is "an ACID-FREE liquid adhesive . . ." I hope this helps.

  5. Hi, Deb. Timely post. I just purchased a large roll of Claussen's linen, so I guess I'm officially committed to making my own panels. Do you cut your own birch board, too? Just wondering, I haven't figured that part out yet. Btw, I am finally painting some white studies...using your advice and directions, which you sent me about 18 months ago. I'll post when I'm done. Wanted you to know I valued your input, just had to find the right time to do those paintings.

  6. Yes and no to the cutting question. My husband cuts it with his table saw but sometimes I get Home Depot to cut the large sheet (4x8ft) in half which makes it easier to get in the car. Let me know how it goes. Sorry for the slow response. I don't get notification in my e-mail like I use to. I have to remember to log in and check for notifications.


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