How To Stretch a Canvas

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Aside from creating, one of my favorite parts of painting is stretching the canvas. Like learning to ride a bike, It takes practice, patience and some technique, but once you get the method down you’ll have it for life. You’ll also save a ton of money on supplies. It’s difficult to find raw canvas by the yard in certain cities, but the vast majority of art supply stores sell prepackaged rolls of canvas.

The trickiest part is folding the corners of the canvas; take care not to have any excess material showing while keeping your folds neat and tight. You will need stretcher bars, a hammer, a heavy-duty staple gun, plenty of staples, raw canvas, artist-grade gesso, a bucket, and a gesso brush.


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