We visited www.newtraditionsartpanels.com to bring you this information in helping you decide which linen is right for you. There are different surfaces that the linen can be mounted to. Both Shanna and Elizabeth paint on linen that has been mounted to Gatorfoam Panels.
Gatorfoam panels are the perfect choice for an artist. They are a lightweight, manmade wood-polystyrene product that has an inert acidic content of 6.5~7.0 pH—inert meaning they will not become more acidic over time. They are less acidic than hardboard! The panels can handle all types of weather with ease. Whether you’re in rain, snow, or in the heat, the panels hold up quite well. The standard panel is 3/16” thick or a 1/2” panel is used for sizes 18”x24” and above. Raw unmounted Gatorfoam is also available in standard or custom sizes.
Baltic Birch – Premium Panels with Backside Triple-Coat Spar Varnish
We offer our linens mounted on 1/8” and 1/4” Baltic Birch. We seal the back of the panels with triple coat of Spar varnish. This seals the wood from moisture and minimizes warping (wood still has the tendency to warp). This also adds protection and quality for the archival concerns of your artwork. Thicker wood available on request.
Adhesive – BEVA is an acid free barrier
Our adhesive is BEVA. It is totally compatible with the size used on linens. It is designed specifically for art conservation. It is heat or solvent reversible. The linen will be preserved and if the support is damaged the linen can be removed and remounted to a new surface by a conservator. Reactivation with heat begins at about 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Care must be taken to avoid loosening the linen. It is advised not to leave panels in car windows or car trunks for extended periods of time
Linens and Cotton
The “L” before a number means that it is Lead Primed. Many years ago Elizabeth painted on Lead primed linen and it was very slick to paint on. Today New Traditions Art Panels now adds Calcite to the Lead priming which makes it more absorbent and not as slick. It is easier to paint on that previously. It is also important to note that Lead Primed Linen can possibly flake off the linen over time so it’s not very archival.
Belgian sun bleached linen that is primed with Lead. It’s a smooth to medium weave…just slight bit of texture.
This is custom lead primed linen. It is smooth portrait grade linen with an irregular weave.
This is our own custom portrait linen with the Lead priming. It is Belgian linen with a weave that has a silky smooth finish. This is perfect for fine detail paintings.
This is our own custom portrait linen with Alkyd priming. It is Belgian linen with a weave that has a silky smooth finish. This is perfect for fine detail paintings.
Claessens Linens – All Claessens linens have titanium zinc oil priming.
- C13 – Double primed portrait grade
- C12 – Double primed slightly more texture than C13. This is Elizabeth’s favorite Linen when another coat of Gamblin Ground has been added
- C15 – Single primed medium tooth This is Shanna’s favorite
- C66 Single primed slightly more texture than C15
Alkyd primed medium coarse tooth. 350DP is the most textured linen we offer. (This one was too rough for both Elizabeth and Shanna)
Alkyd primed fine to medium tooth.
Acrylic Primed Linen
These are our only linens that are compatible with acrylic gesso or acrylic paints.
This is a fine to medium tooth with an irregular weave.