> I am broke most the time so cant afford these expensive canvas.
The phrase 'these expensive' means linen? Cotton canvas isn't so expensive.
You can get 3/4", 16" x 20" cotton canvas for $4.18 each from blick, if you
buy 20. So yeah, 20 * 4.18 = $83.60, and you'd need to order a bit more
than that to get free shipping, but these are what I use and haven't gotten
a bad one yet.
> The best thing that is cheap yet reliable is canvas panels.
False economy, at least in my opinion. How much cheaper is a 16" x 20"
cardboard panel? Maybe half... maybe? So you save 2 bucks, then when you
go to sell it, people see it is painted on cardboard and want to pay
half price for the finished painting -_-
> I looked into stretching your own canvas
If anyone can stretch a 16" x 20" canvas for $4.17, I'd like to see it.
Materials cost alone will be near $4.00, and remember, you have to
count your own time as (at least) minimum wage (about $8 per hour, US),
so if it takes you more than 3 minutes start-to-finish, you're screwed.
> Also I have a few old painting that were either not complete or dont like anymore. Its hard to get all the paint off
IMO, it is a waste of time for these reasons:
1. You will spend more $ worth of labor than the $4.00 for a new canvas.
2. You will spend some money on materials, even if you just use 1 coat of white.
3. You could have given that less-than-masterpiece to a relative that
would have cherished it forever.
4. You could (prolly) have sold the less-than-masterpiece on ebay and
gotten (at least) your materials cost back out of it.
Sometimes they go on sale, er, at least they USED to, but I've noticed
a decided up-swing in prices for the last year or so. I got my last batch
(thankfully a BIG batch
) about a year ago for the low-low price of
$2.81 per 16" x 20" 0_o
At any rate, you can wait a while at least for the free shipping minimum
to drop to about $100.00. It does that pretty often, and I have seen it
as low as $16.00.