How to Repair Canvas

For an artist, there is nothing much more important than his masterpieces, and works of art, from his paintings to his sculptures, and even to the tools that he uses. He takes proper care to make his works live on from generation to generation. That’s why there are a lot of century old paintings today that catches up everybody’s attention. And for these to still be appreciated for the years to come, art restoration must be done.


Art restoration is an extensive field of work. To become a professional, you must go to school for many years. That’s why if you have a valuable painting at home with an extensive damage; seek the help of a professional first. But what if the damage is just minimal? How can you preserve your most valuable painting? How will you take part on restoring these admirable pieces of art? Here are some ways on how to do it.

• Cover the hole
From a fresh roll of canvas, cut a small patch just enough to cover the hole in the painting.

• Apply adhesives
Apply a layer of adhesive on one side of the patch.

• Press the sticky side
On the back of the painting, press the sticky side of the patch to the hole in the canvas.

• Position it
Lay the painting flat on a table or on the floor. Position the hole in the painting so the patch is supported by a raised, flat surface. Use a hardcover book to do so.

• Adjust
Adjust the hole in the painting as needed so that the seams press together and the tear is no longer and obvious damage.

• Press the tear
Lay another book on top of the tear in the painting. This will serve as a weight to press the tear on the patch as the adhesive dries up.

• Trim extra threads
Trim any extra threads protruding from the tear once the adhesive is dry.

• Paint
Apply a matching coat of paint to the area of the patch that is visible from the front, if the hole is large and the seams do not come together.

• Cover with Varnish
If necessary, cover the newly painted area with varnish to match the sheen of the original work. Wait until the paint is dry before applying the varnish.

If the damage in your highly-valued painting is not that big then you may do these steps. Again, for those paintings with an extensive damage it is best to call the help of a professional. But for those who were able to restore their paintings by themselves even if it’s just a small damage, surely, there would still be that feeling of self-fulfillment within. It’s as if you had experienced being an artist, who treasures his work, to further be admired by everyone who looks at it.


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