Masterpiece

Masterpiece

Masterpiece Arts Canvas crafts a wide variety of the best, handmade, pre-stretched canvases for discriminating artists and professionals. Headquartered in San Diego, founded in 1969 and now run by the second generation, this family-owned business never loses sight of who uses the canvas they build. Handmade by artists for artists, because your masterpiece deserves a Masterpiece.


Alcohol Ink Art Panels Masterpiece

A non-porous double vinyl substrate designed specifically for alcohol inks, but can be used for acrylics and other multi-media applications. Vinyl is mounted to both sides of an MDF board with pH neutral glue, so you can paint both sides, and display the side you like best, or create a hanging-mobile type display. The vinyl has a light texture, which provides more control over the painting process, and it produces a pearlescent shimmer to the artwork. The vinyl surface is an impervious moisture barrier that resists warping and extends the open time of alcohol inks. Alcohol ink will float and lift off the surface while wet.

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Classic Cotton Stretched Canvas Masterpiece

Classic cotton stretched canvas is a high-quality, economically priced surface with staple-free edges and key-able corners that allow for tension adjustments. It is stretched using a premium grade 7 oz. acrylic primed cotton canvas, and Masterpiece's MasterWrap technology. The drum-tight, archival surface works great for both oil and acrylic paints. The solid, finger-joint free, kiln-dried bars are sourced from sustainable forests of the Pacific Northwest. Available in two profile depths: Classic canvases have a ¾" deep profile and Gallery canvases have a 1-3/8" profile.

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Hardcore Pro Panels Masterpiece

Each archival panel is sized to seal the rigid MDF Engineered Wood, which is the highest quality and most stable composite material available. The canvas or linen is mounted using pH-balanced PVA glue, and then beautifully and finished with a vinyl backing, creating a double-sided impervious moisture barrier to keep the board flat.

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Monterey Premium Cotton Stretched Canvas Masterpiece

Monterey Premium Cotton Canvas has a medium weight and tooth surface. It is 7 oz. raw and 10.5 oz. after priming, that makes it suitable for acrylic, oil or alkyd paints.

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Muir Acrylic-Primed Linen Stretched Canvas Masterpiece

Muir Premium Linen is double sized and double primed by hand with a thick, high-quality acrylic gesso. It weighs roughly 12 oz. after priming, and is suitable for acrylic, oil or alkyd paint. The surface has a classic linen texture feel, and paint gripping tooth.

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Oval, Round & Half-Round Tahoe Stretched Canvas Masterpiece

This canvas features a 3/4" profile with a 1/4" lip that keeps the canvas positioned above the bars to prevent lines and indentations. Tahoe Heavy Cotton Canvas weighs 10 oz. raw and 14.6 oz. after priming, and is suitable for acrylic, oil or alkyd paint. An extra coat of primer provides a smooth painting surface. Stretched using MasterWrap technology, this canvas offers a drum-tight, archival surface. The frame is made from solid MDF.

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Panel Porters Masterpiece

Masterpiece's new patent-pending Panel Porter system allows you to easily transport two wet canvas panels of any size, because your artwork should dictate the size of your carrier, not the other way around!

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Pro Stretcher Bar Pair & Cross Brace Kits Masterpiece

These kits, made from solid, finger joint free, kiln-dried wood, each contain two bars, a cross brace, two brace keys, a screw and assembly instructions. The unique design of the stretcher bars allow for frames with maximum strength, stability and warp resistance to be easily built. The wood used to construct the kit is milled with lumber harvested from sustainable forests in Oregon and California. Available in two profiles: Vincent Pro bars have a 7/8" deep profile with a 5/16" relief and Monet Pro bars have a 1-1/2" deep profile with a 1/2" relief.

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Tight ' n' Up Masterpiece

This liquid canvas re-tensioner improves or removes sagging, wrinkles and ripples in stretched canvas, leaving a tight and flat surface. When applied to the back of a painting, it causes the canvas fibers to shrink slightly, then penetrates them with a binding agent to retain the tension after it dries.

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Unprimed #12 Cotton Stretched Canvas Masterpiece

Unprimed #12 Cotton canvas allows you to take control of your art by preparing your own surface. Use bare expanses of canvas as part of the finished painting, or prime the surface as you like — it’s all in your control. Works great for staining techniques of pouring thinned paints or inks onto raw canvas. Staining achieves a fluid and spontaneous convergence of the image and the fabric that is not possible with gesso-prepared canvases.

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10 oz. Unprimed Cotton Canvas Rolls Masterpiece Special Order Only

This 10 oz. heavy-weight, raw cotton canvas is ready for preparation with the ground of your choice. This canvas is strong and has a medium tooth, yet heavy body. It strikes a nice balance between lighter and heavier weight canvas. This product works great for staining techniques that involve pouring thinned paints onto the raw canvas resulting in abstract color combinations. Staining achieves a fluid and spontaneous convergence of the image and the fabric, not possible with gesso prepared canvases. Please note that applying oil paints to raw canvas can be caustic to the canvas fibers.

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7 oz. Unprimed Cotton Canvas Rolls Masterpiece Special Order Only

This 7 oz. medium-tooth and weight, raw cotton canvas is a great all-around surface that is ready for sizing and priming with the ground of your choice. Starting with a raw cotton canvas allows the artist to prepare the surface exactly the way they want without the limitation of already prepared canvases.

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Carmel Portrait Smooth Primed Cotton Canvas Rolls Masterpiece Special Order Only

Carmel canvas has a silky smooth surface especially designed to yield a very smooth tooth, which makes it perfect for portraits and fine detail work. The 7oz. raw cotton canvas is sized, then double acrylic primed, giving it a 10.3 oz. finished weight. It is both acid-free and pH balanced, and works great with oil or acrylic paints.

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Carmel Portrait Smooth Stretched Canvas Masterpiece Special Order Only

Carmel Portrait Smooth is a silky-smooth 100% cotton canvas that is ideally prepared for fine detail work. Sized and double-primed, the canvas is put through a smoothing process that allows your brush to effortlessly glide over the surface. The unique ground has enough tooth to allow the paint to grip the surface.

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Classic Cotton Portrait Smooth Stretched Canvas Masterpiece Special Order Only

Classic Cotton Portrait Smooth is a high-quality, value-priced canvas with a staple-free 3/4" deep profile and keyable corners which allow for tension adjustments. Stretched using a premium grade portrait smooth acrylic primed cotton canvas that is ideal for portrait or fine detail work and Masterpiece's MasterWrap technology, it features a drum-tight, archival surface for oil or acrylic paints. Solid, finger-joint free, kiln-dried bars are milled with lumber harvested from sustainable forests in Oregon and California.

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Classic Linen Stretched Canvas Masterpiece Special Order Only

This canvas is a high-quality, economically priced canvas with a staple-free ¾" deep profile and key-able corners which allow for tension adjustments. Stretched using a double acrylic, primed Belgian linen and Masterpiece's MasterWrap technology, it features a drum-tight, archival surface for oil or acrylic paints. Linen is the strongest natural fiber and provides a unique surface texture. Solid, finger-joint free, kiln-dried bars are milled with lumber harvested from sustainable forests in Oregon and California.

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Elite Stretcher Bar Cross Braces Masterpiece Special Order Only

The Elite Stretcher Bar Cross Braces connect between Elite Stretcher Bars and Elite Straight Braces. The stretcher bars and straight braces have a patented groove on the inside of the bar and along the edges of the straight brace that work together to provide a solid housing for the cross brace. Two cross braces are required to form a single cross for frames that are 72" and shorter. No cutting or woodworking is required, however a rubber mallet is needed for assembly. Wood glue is recommended at the center cross for increased support. This stretcher bar and bracing system makes it possible to construct very large, strong, museum quality braced canvas frames that are key-able at the corners as well as on every brace that connects to the stretcher bars.

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Elite Stretcher Bar Diamond Braces Masterpiece Special Order Only

These stretcher bar braces are sold in sets of 4 braces, one for each frame corner and include 8 screws. The unique braces have a tongue that protrudes outward at each end, and is designed to be inserted into the inside perimeter groove of Elite Stretcher Bars. These braces can be used with smaller frames as a substitute for traditional cross braces, offering an economical way to add support to frame corners. For larger frames with cross braces, the braces complement frame support by assuring that the corners of the stretcher bars do not move. Should the frame need to be expanded to add tension, the braces would need to be unscrewed from the frame, removed and then reattached after the frame has been adjusted. The braces are assembled with the simple use of a screwdriver so no cutting or woodworking is required.

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Elite Stretcher Bar Straight Braces Masterpiece Special Order Only

These braces are specifically constructed to work with Masterpiece's Elite Heavy Duty Stretcher Bars. Select straight braces by the short frame dimension. For example, the 48" brace would be used with a 48" x 72" canvas frame. These stretcher bars have a patented groove on the inside of the bar that accepts this particular brace. The straight braces slide into the groove and are offset from the stretcher bar forming a slot. There is a long slender key that can be inserted into the slot on the stretcher bar making the brace key-able. No cutting or woodworking is required, only a simple rubber mallet is needed for assembly. These braces also feature a groove running on either edge of the brace that will accept cross braces. When used together Elite straight braces, cross braces and stretcher bars produce a very strong, solid-wood, key-able, professional, museum quality braced canvas frame.

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Elite Stretcher Bars Masterpiece Special Order Only

Made from solid wood and without finger joints, these museum-quality, heavy-duty 2¼" x 1½" bars provide a very strong and stable frame for even the largest of canvases up to 144" in size. The tongue and groove components of the stretcher bar are a full ¼" thick, provide maximum stiffness and prevent twisting. The ends of the stretcher bars feature a special tongue and groove miter making it easy to assemble a frame without staples or glue. The unique joint design makes it possible to expand the frame and re-tension a loose canvas. They are also equipped with a unique groove on the inner perimeter of the frame that accepts key-able braces and supports. These stretcher bars are made from solid-wood milled from sustainable forests in both Oregon and California.

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Malibu Alkyd Primed Linen Canvas Rolls Masterpiece Special Order Only

Malibu Premium Belgian Linen canvas is uniquely sized three times, and primed with a single thick layer of a special alkyd primer, giving a 13 oz. finished weight. The triple glue size gives the linen canvas excellent stability, and the alkyd primer provides a unique and highly absorbent surface for oil and alkyd colors. Linen is uniquely able to resist cracking and disintegration, as it retains its own natural oils and remains flexible over time. It is acid free and pH balanced.

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Malibu Alkyd-Primed Linen Stretched Canvas Masterpiece Special Order Only

Malibu Premium Linen is triple sized and primed by hand with a unique alkyd primer made to resemble lead-based grounds without the hassle and toxicity of lead. It weighs roughly 13 oz. after priming, and offers an extraordinarily stable surface to paint with your oil-based colors. This optimal ground tends to absorb the paint, thereby creating depth and dimensionality to your art.

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Monterey Acrylic Primed Cotton Canvas Rolls Masterpiece Special Order Only

This is a great all-purpose canvas and is Masterpiece's most popular surface. The 7 oz. raw cotton canvas is sized, then double acrylic primed, giving it a 10.5 oz. finished weight. The medium tooth ground produces an excellent painting surface, which is great for most artist techniques and suitable for most all paint types. It is both acid-free and pH balanced. This canvas is also available stretched on Vincent Pro, Monet Pro and 3D Pro frames.

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Muir Acrylic Primed Linen Canvas Rolls Masterpiece Special Order Only

Muir Premium Linen is double sized and double primed by hand with a thick, high-quality acrylic gesso. It weighs roughly 12 oz. after priming, and is suitable for acrylic, oil or alkyd paint. The surface has a classic linen texture feel, and paint gripping tooth.

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No. 10 Unprimed Cotton Canvas Rolls Masterpiece Special Order Only

This extra-heavy-weight raw cotton canvas is ready for preparation with the ground of your choice. The canvas is very strong and has both substantial body and tooth.

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No. 12 Unprimed Cotton Canvas Rolls Masterpiece Special Order Only

This heavy-weight raw cotton canvas is ready for preparation with the ground of your choice. The canvas is very strong and has both substantial body and tooth. This product works great for staining techniques that involve pouring thinned paints onto the raw canvas which can result in abstract color combinations. Staining achieves a fluid and spontaneous convergence of the image and the fabric, an effect that is not possible with gesso prepared canvases. Please note that applying oil paints to raw canvas can be caustic to the canvas fibers.

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Sausalito Acrylic Primed Cotton Canvas Rolls Masterpiece Special Order Only

This is Masterpiece's most popular heavy-weight canvas. The rugged #12 cotton canvas is sized and double primed, giving it a 14 oz. finished weight. It has a distinct tooth that is ideal for heavy paint applications and aggressive painting techniques. Works well with oil and acrylic paints. It is both acid-free and pH balanced. This canvas is also available stretched on Vincent Pro, Monet Pro and 3D Pro frames.

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Sausalito Cotton Stretched Canvas Masterpiece Special Order Only

Sausalito cotton canvas has a heavy-weight rugged surface designed to stand up to aggressive painting techniques, and weighs 11.5 oz. raw and 14 oz. after priming. It has a stiff feel to the brush, and it provides an ideal support for your art. It is well suited for heavy paint applications and impasto.

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Sierra Acrylic Primed Cotton Canvas Rolls Masterpiece Special Order Only

Sierra is a robust #12 cotton canvas that is sized and triple primed, giving it a 14.6 oz. finished weight. A very strong support, this canvas offers a lot of surface resistance, yet it maintains a smoother surface texture making it easier on artist brushes. The canvas works well with aggressive painting techniques, and heavy paint applications. It works great with oil and acrylic paints, and is both acid free and pH balanced.

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Sierra Stretched Canvas Masterpiece Special Order Only

Sierra canvas is a heavy-duty surface, weighing 11.5 oz. raw and 14.6 oz. after priming, great for aggressive painting techniques and heavy paint applications. An extra primer coat provides a smooth painting surface suitable for use with acrylic, oil or alkyd paint.

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Stretcher Bar Frame Kits Masterpiece Special Order Only

The most elaborate museum class framing system on the market in three depths. Each kit includes all of the Bars, Braces, Cross Braces, Corner Keys, Brace Keys, wood glue, and assembly instructions that enable the artist to construct a fully keyable frame that makes it possible to increase surface tension from the corners, as well as from the middle of the frame, where the tension is needed the most!

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Tahoe Acrylic Primed Cotton Canvas Rolls Masterpiece Special Order Only

This canvas is made using a heavy-weight 10 oz. cotton canvas, sized and triple primed, giving it a 14.6 oz. finished weight. It strikes a nice balance between both medium and heavier weight canvases, with a smooth yet supple surface texture. This canvas is easy on artist's brushes but sturdy enough to endure aggressive painting techniques. It works best with oil and acrylic paints, and is both acid-free and pH balanced.

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Tahoe Heavy Stretched Cotton Canvas Masterpiece Special Order Only

Tahoe Heavy Cotton Canvas weighs 10 oz. raw and 14.6 oz. after priming, and is suitable for acrylic, oil or alkyd paint. An extra coat of primer provides a smooth painting surface.

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Vintage Acrylic Primed Linen Stretched Canvas Masterpiece Special Order Only

Vintage Linen is a Belgian Linen Canvas that is double sized and double primed by hand. It weighs roughly 12 oz. after priming, which makes it suitable for acrylic, oil or alkyd paints. Linen is the strongest natural fiber in the world and provides a unique surface texture.

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