Sunday, May 22, 2011
Stretching a Canvas
My most favorite part of stretching a canvas....
putting on the canvas.
It's just so.....fresh.
You can buy rolls of Canvas at various prices;
I went to the Student supply store and bought mine by the yard
since I was only doing one canvas.
a big ass bunch of Staples
Canvas Stretcher ~ optional
Cut the Canvas to size.
Make sure there is enough to give a few inches
on the back of the frame.
and stapling, and stapling, and stapling...
and so on and so on.
Looking at the picture below,
bottom is 1
top is 2
left is 3
right is 4.
This is the number order to staplestaplestaple.
I usually do 3 to 5 Staples a side before moving to the next one.
If you're lucky enough to have one of these lovely things,
Not only does it help with a tight stretch,
the small block is a great guide for the Staple gun
to butt up against for cleaner stapling.
I try to get a nice clean flush fold on the edges.
Trim any extra bulky fabric, fold in, and....wait for it.....Staple.
and there you have it.
A fresh clean Canvas to use.
Using the extra wood and left over fabric
I put together a small canvas.
I have the perfect paints I want to try on this.
A whole set of transparent colors.
oh, the Intrigue.