Repair a tear

Linen is stronger than cotton, and it stretches less than cotton. So a tear in linen we can restore better and often more beautiful than a crack in cotton.

The tear is filled – during restoration

Painting – after restoration

How do we repair a tear?

  1. If a tear occurs in a painting canvas, then we begin to “flatten” the tear. If after this process, the fibers come back together, we put small reversible stickers on the front. Sometimes we choose “facings”: thin paper strips we glue with starch, temporarily, on the front (“over the crack”). Then we glue back on the back of thin strips of Japanese paper to recycle the tear.
  2. Now the front of the visible tear (“the wound”) is filled with a special cloth paste on a chalk / acrylic basis. Sometimes we print the (replica) of the surface relief or the linen structure.
  3. After drying, the lacquer is painted with retouching paint (pigments in a plastic solution) that is reversible. Please note: the painting must be cleaned first of surface contamination, to retouch the original colors around the crack!

 Picard Restoration Studio is a member of the Association of Restorers in the Netherlands