Art Spectrum® Triple Primed Belgium Linen is a Professional Artists’ Belgium linen of the highest quality.
These new premium quality woven 5 metre long Linen rolls are available in:
- Universal (Triple) Primed
- Oil (Triple) Primed
The Universal and Oil primed have been tripled primed suitable for oils or acrylic and are archival quality with an acid free sizing.
Art Spectrum® Triple Primed Belgium Linen is available in 5 and 10 metres rolls.
Ever wondered how artists’ quality linen is made?
Cultivating – the flax plant takes about 100 days from the planting of the seed until harvest.
Harvesting – after about 90 days the flax plant leaves begin to wither, the stem turns yellow and the seeds turn brown, indicating it is time to harvest the plant, which needs to be pulled out of the ground intact. If the stem is cut and sap is lost this will affect the quality of the linen.
Scutching – once flax is harvested and the fiber removed from the stalks, a scutching machine removes the broken outer layer called shives.
Hackling (or Heckling) is the last step in preparing the flax to be spun. It splits and straightens the flax fibers, as well as removing the fibrous core and any impurities. Flax is pulled through heckling combs, which parts the locked fibers and makes them straight, clean, and ready to spin. Long linen fibres are then combined into the same lengths via machines called ‘spreaders’ where they are combined so the ends overlap creating a ‘sliver’.
Spinning – once the sliver is formed, this then passes through a set of rollers, making a roving which is ready to spin.
After Hackling and Spinning, flax is ready to be woven into linen.