Your Canvas

If you’re planning to paint a masterpiece it’s required to be an expert in stretching the canvas, it can save you lots of money, and it’s affordable than the pre-made surface.

If you’re a painter than it’s required to have a good canvas and what would be good if you can build it by yourself.


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The best thing about this is it gives you control over your painting, and you can create something magnificent. Stretching your canvas is as it was my first time at the college of arts. I was baffled and worried about it, but the way our teacher taught us it was straightforward and helpful. I have never thought it would be so easy and straightforward to stretcher your canvas. But the main thing is we have to be careful while using the tools it can be excruciating if you get hurt. The best part about stretching the canvas is when you’re done with the work the clean texture on the canvas is something you would crave for it.

With the help of these nine steps, you can easily make stretch your canvas. 

Materials Required:

  • Two pairs of stretcher bars of equal length
  • Raw canvas (unprimed) square shape
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Scissors
  • Gesso primer
  • T-square

You need a clean flat surface to start the work 

  1. Arrange your stretcher bars with the help of T-square to measure them accurately. You have to be careful while making this a single mistake might end up spoiling your canvas
  2. Put the canvas on top of your work surface, smooth the cloth to remove creases from them.
  3. Place the wooden stretcher frame on top of the canvas and use your scissors to cut the canvas, leave extra 5 inches on all sides of the frame to allow the canvas to be pulled and stapled into place.
  4. Fold the end of the canvas and staple on the frame and place one staple in the center of the bar to secure it.
  5. Pull the canvas tightly against the frame to staple it on the frame. Continue doing it all the sides pulling the canvas tightly
  6. Crease the corners of the canvas and fold the extra fabric under it to give a flat surface. Staple on it
  7. The canvas should be tightly bound to the frame, with no wrinkles. If it’s slightly loose, moisture the back of the canvas with water and allow drying.
  8. When the canvas is dry, u can do priming on it. Use gesso primer and paint your canvas, priming your canvas is essential to ensure the paints and materials you use does not get messed up. If you’re confused u can read the instructions on the bottles and do it accordingly.
  9. Let it dry, and then you can start painting on your canvas.

With these steps, you can easily stretch your canvas and create a masterpiece. When you do something for the first time, you might find it difficult, and it might not end up being the way you want but don’t give up. Try again, you might succeed.

Thank you for visiting our site.  We hope you have learned some great info about stretching a canvas.  If you have any comments or questions, please contact us today.   We also ask that you visit our sponsor Fence Company Wylie