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How to get wrinkles and creases out of a painting canvas?

How do you get wrinkles and creases out of canvas? The #1 secret to getting wrinkles and creases out of a canvas is to use an iron on high! However, before you go ahead and do that, you should read through our list below of the most important Do's and Don'ts:

Iron and ironing board to remove wrinkles from canvas

The good news is that some wrinkling for canvases of all types is VERY normal. The bad news is that wrinkles on paint by number canvases are more common due to the printing of the numbers and lines, which also makes it a little more challenging to deal with. Fear not! We are here to help you with the Do's and Don't of getting those annoying creases out!

Let's start with the Don'ts:

X MarkDon'ts

  1. DO NOT use a lot of water, and avoid using any. Many websites suggest using a little bit of water, fine mist, or steam when ironing. We recommend doing this with caution because paint by number kits are different from regular canvases in that they have numbers and lines printed on them. Too much water and steam can actually clean away the numbers and lines, so unless you want to paint completely free-hand, we recommend proceeding with caution any time you spritz your canvas with water or use steam when ironing.
  2. DO NOT iron face up!When you begin ironing, make sure you iron face down to prevent any smudging of numbers and lines. Canvases are designed to be painted on, not printed on, so the ink can smear easily. Direct contact with a hot iron can easily blemish your favorite paint by number kit!

Check MarkDo's

  1. DO iron your canvas on high without steam. Many websites suggest using a little bit of water or steam when ironing. You're welcome to try doing this, but Paint by number kits are different from regular blank canvases in that they have numbers and lines printed on them which may be accidentally cleaned off! Make sure to press down firmly on the canvas, and make sure you never keep the iron in one place for too long.
  2. DO make your canvas taught. Canvases are made to be stretched, and the stretching process helps to get the last wrinkles out. Try to make sure the canvas is as tight as possible, even when just taping or tacking the canvas to a flat surface!
  3. DO use a damp cloth on the back of the canvas. If you can't get the wrinkles out without water, and you don't have a VERY fine mister, we recommend laying the canvas face down, and ironing with a damp cloth on the back.


12 Responses

Diane E
Diane E

November 29, 2020

Can I use the hot iron on the backside of the canvas to remove wrinkle method when I have already painted the canvas?

Elaine
Elaine

November 29, 2020

I’ve already painted the canvass – is it still ok to use an iron to remove the creases?

Don Smith
Don Smith

March 03, 2020

Very good stuff! When I’m done do I spray the canvas with anything?

Mrs Pauline D'Cruz
Mrs Pauline D'Cruz

March 03, 2020

I would very much like to know how to fix creases(fold marks) from my paintings which are done on CANVAS BOARDS. Please can anyone help me with this?

Mrs Pauline D'Cruz
Mrs Pauline D'Cruz

March 03, 2020

I would very much like to know how to fix creases(fold marks) from my paintings which are done on CANVAS BOARDS. Please can anyone help me with this?

phil ruehlmann
phil ruehlmann

September 02, 2019

can i use my own water colors???

Cynthia Siwa
Cynthia Siwa

September 02, 2019

How do I stretch my new canvas?

lilia capote
lilia capote

September 02, 2019

i’m a beginer paint by numbers, i love to do it i’m 80 years old retired

Melissa
Melissa

September 02, 2019

Do you sell frames for the canvas?

Nancy
Nancy

May 09, 2019

You got me thinking. I know it won’t help with your already painted canvas, but perhaps another one. I am going to take a picture of the canvas with the numbers prior to painting to keep as a reference.

Karin Goldsmith
Karin Goldsmith

May 09, 2019

I am new at painting anything but have done some acrylics but would like to try paint by
numbers my question is do they look like the pictures you show or do you need special skills to make them look like you actually painted them.

Maribeth
Maribeth

April 20, 2019

Hello! I love my Paint By Number kit. Can you tell me if the numbers on the print are available somewhere? After I’m finished with the painting, I like to backtrack and touch up the paint where it needs it, but I’m not sure what color was painted there. If the “blueprint” for the painting is available online, that would be very helpful. The painting I’m working on now is “Paris Street After Fresh Rain”. Thank you in advance.

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