Dating painting canvas
Canvas can mean different things to different people.
In the context of painting, the word ‘canvas’ means a fabric used as a painting surface.
It is also regarded as having a more ‘natural’ weaved finish than cotton – a variety of textures and weights are available in both rough and smooth finishes.
Because of its strength linen holds up to a heavy painting hand and does not become slack as easily as cotton canvas.
According to the wildly expressive starlet, this image encapsulates a frequent pastime for the engaged pair.
"Since we first met, Taylor's been drawing and painting all over me," Gaga wrote in her editor's letter for the issue.
If you want your painting to last then a linen canvas is a sound investment.
It is possible to stretch cotton tighter than linen without straining the wooden support around the canvas, and a heavy-grade cotton can make up for its lack of strength and weight.
Linen Linen is strong and durable, and remains the preferred surface for many artists but it is expensive.
An unprimed canvas can also soak up all the paint, causing some of it to disappear into the canvas or clot up on the surface of it.
If you are going to prime a cotton canvas and want to use either oil or acrylic colour then an acrylic gesso primer is generally used.
Both Gaga and Kinney are covered in paint and little else as they pose for a mirror selfie, snapped by Kinney himself.