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How to stretch canvas
1). Assemble bars...check to be sure they are
desired length up-and-down and on both ends. and the
2) I personally staple a triangle piece of mat
board across all 4 corners (on the back) to keep the
3) Cover your work area (dining room table?)
with a sheet to protect the table and the art work.
4) It is GREAT IF YOU CAN GET ON ALL SIDES
WITHOUT HAVING TO SPIN THE CANVAS AND BARS.
6) Begin stapling in the center of each side.
Each time you go to another side.. pull tight.
AND EACH TIME YOU PULL TO THE EDGE AND TOWARD THE CORNERS.
There are pliers that are for canvas stretching
that are well worth the investment. Work out from
7) STAPLE, either on the edge (easiest) or on
the back of the bars. a Gallery wrap is stapled on
8) Go from top to bottom, side to side, top to
bottom, side to side. Work your way around the
9) DO NOT TRIM THE EXCESS CANVAS AWAY. Staple
it to the back. Some day you may want
10) Check for wrinkles or puffs on the front.
You may need to remove some staples and redo
11) PRIMED CANVAS is coated with gesso and
ready to paint. Can be acrylic primed or ground
12) UNPRIMED CANVAS is raw canvas and should be
primed before painting to protect the canvas
13) Keys are the wooden or plastic
triangles/wedges that come with already stretched canvas.
NOTE: One common practice (which is not
condoned- and you didn't hear it here) is to lightly mist the back of the stretched
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