Do I need to iron my canvas?

Receiving a wrinkled canvas can be disheartening. If your paint by numbers kit is not packed carefully, transportation can make deep dents on the fabric that can be hard to remove. Luckily, we have a few tricks here that will surely help!

Your paint by numbers canvas is a high-quality material. Like clothing, canvases are made from cotton and linen, and they can be ironed. You need to be careful not to set the iron on high heat, though – keep it on a mid-range heat setting.

You should lay your canvas face down onto a thick towel and mist the back of the canvas lightly with water from a fine spray bottle. You just need to dampen the fabric rather than soak it. Gently iron over the surface, keeping the iron moving, and your canvas will be wrinkle-free within seconds.

Here is a homemade video made by one of our customers (thanks, Katia!):

Pssst... you're gonna love this!

Let's be honest... the best way to fix a wrinkled canvas is not to buy it in the first place! Forget about creases and ironing, and get straight to the fun part! At Canvas by Numbers, we ship all our canvases perfectly rolled in a hard tube or mounted on the frame, ready to paint & hang.

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Is there another way?

If you cannot use an iron for whatever reason, there are another couple of things you can try!

The hairdryer method

This one works better with pre-stretched canvases to remove dents, but if you generate some tension on the canvas (another pair of hands will be most helpful), it can do the trick, no doubt!

The idea is to damp the back of the canvas around the creased area to soften the fibers (similar to the ironing method) and then apply hot air with a hairdryer so the fibers dry and tighten.

The video below shows how to do it with a mounted canvas, but you could simulate the same tension by asking someone to hold the canvas and stretch it gently with their hands while you apply the hot air.

Are you ready to paint?

We hope this info was helpful! If you want to get started with a quality, frustration-free paint by numbers kit, feel free to explore our licensed artwork canvases. All of them have 60 days money-back and easy returns ❤️️.

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