"Do I Need To Iron My Painting with Number Canvas?"

When you order a paint by numbers kit, receiving a wrinkled canvas can be disheartening. If your number painting kit is not packed carefully, transportation can make deep dents in the fabric that can be hard to remove. Sadly, many cheap vendors will use a foam roll inside the rolled canvas to save shipping costs and is not very effective or even worse, will fold the canvas!

This is why, despite being a bit more expensive, we like to ship our quality products in PVC tubes to ensure they arrive in pristine condition. Here we'll go through different methods to remove the wrinkles from your canvas, including ironing.

Method #1 - Let's Iron That Canvas!

Your paint by numbers canvas from us is made of high-quality woven material, and due to our packaging, most likely you'll never have to iron it. However, if you do, follow these steps that apply to any number painting kits canvas.

When you use an iron to get wrinkles out of a canvas, we recommend that you keep it at a mid-range heat setting to protect the material and keep it from burning. Follow these steps to get started:

1. Lay your canvas down on a thick towel.
2. Mist the back of the canvas lightly with a fine spray bottle.
3. Don’t soak the fabric; just dampen it a little.
4. Gently iron over the surface, keeping the iron moving.
5. Your canvas will be wrinkle-free within seconds.

Check the homemade video below by one of our customers (thanks, Katia!):

Method #2 - The Tape-Down Canvas Stretching

Masking tape can come in super handy to stretch a wrinkled canvas. All you need is this tape (Don't use regular tape as it might leave residue on your canvas) and a hard board (even though you could use any hard surface like a desk).

Is There Another Way?

While you can iron your canvas generally, you might not own an iron to make this process easier. Never fear! Canvas by Numbers has other tips and tricks that can help you figure out how to get wrinkles out of your canvas.

Method #4 - Stretching Your Canvas on a Frame

So you can’t iron your canvas, and the book method isn’t going to work for you. No worries, we have another trick up our sleeve. This one might be obvious, but a great way to remove the wrinkles is to stretch the canvas out and keep that tension in place over a long period of time. For more details on this method, check out our quick tutorial.

If you want to use this method, we recommend shopping for our 16 x 20” DIY pine wood frame stretcher bars. In addition to unwrinkling your canvas, this product also makes it easier to prop up your canvas for long painting sessions. Here's a longer video that explains the process in detail:

Pssst... You're Gonna Love This!

Let's be honest, the best way to fix a wrinkled canvas is not to buy a creased one in the first place! So 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 and hang.

It’s very rare for any of our canvases to arrive damaged, creased, or wrinkled, but we still want you to know what to do if the worst happens. At Canvas by Numbers, we encourage you to reach out to us to see if we can replace your order, but if you got your canvas somewhere else, there are other tips that can help you straighten out your fabric.


Are You Ready to Paint?

So now you know that you can iron your canvas, flatten it with books, unwrinkle it by stretching, or de-crease it with a hair dryer. Whichever method you choose, be careful when handling the fabric, so you don’t cause additional damage!

Can painting by numbers relieve stress? Can you iron your number painting kits canvas? Should you choose a pre-made design or a custom paint by numbers? Whatever burning question you have, our blog has the answers! Browse today to find everything you need to ensure an amazing paint by numbers experience ❤️️.

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