Stretching CanvasTuesday, July 20, 2010
|Photo courtesy of Anita Thomhave Simonsen|
Why would you?Artists are always looking for ways to save money on materials without skimping on quality. Stretching your own canvas instead of buying it already stretched is a real dollar saver. It also allows an artist to have full control over the canvas they paint on and how it is prepared, and to have any size they choose. So not only can it be cheaper, but better quality too!
What do you need?
- Stretcher bars, either pre or home made, to stretch your canvas onto
- Canvas to stretch, which is about 2 inches larger all round than the stretcher size
- Canvas pliers are useful to save your hands
- A staple gun and staples, or nails or tacks and a hammer for securing the canvas to the stretcher
- A mallet for tapping the stretcher together
- Tape measure for checking the squareness of the corners
- T square for chiecking the squareness of the corners
- Scissors for cutting the canvas
- A razor blade can be handy for removing excess off the edges
- Blunt nose pliers or a flat head screwdriver for removing errant staples
- Misting spray in case the canvas ends up too loose