I have always used cotton
canvas for my oil paintings, but I would now like to start using linen.
Can I mount the primed linen on Masonite as I have done with cotton
canvas, or does it need to be stretched?
Primed linen canvas can be mounted onto Masonite in the same manner
as cotton canvas. Oil-primed canvas is more flexible than
acrylic-primed canvas, which is an advantage if you intend to wrap the
edges of the canvas around the panel. The best adhesive is hide glue.
Hide glue is easy to use and apply, and if there is ever a need for
restorative treatment the canvas can be removed from the panel. The
disadvantage of hide glue is its vulnerability to moisture penetration,
which can cause the canvas to loosen from the support. Acrylic emulsion
gel or acrylic gloss medium are good adhesives that are not prone to
moisture penetration, but these glues are more permanent.