Canvas Art – Stretched and Framed – Part I

Canvas – Stretch Bar – Gesso – Paint or Print

Canvas is stretched onto a stretch bar, typically a raw (unfinished wood) then gesso is applied and finally an artist will create a painting onto it.

Canvas is sold by the yard at the fabric store or art supply store. You have the options of buying a pre-stretched canvas that has already been gessoed or prepared for painting. Or you can be a purist and stretch your own canvas and hand seal it yourself with gesso.

Gesso is a white or black sealant for fabric/canvas. It is a thin acrylic paint that seals the weave of the fabric so that you can paint onto it without the paint soaking into the fabric.

Stretcher bars come in various depths and widths making your canvas all the more authentic in style. For this informative blog I’ll demonstrate with the smallest of the custom make stretch bar. Once you have the; canvas, stretch bar you’ll need to stitch the edge of the fabric to prevent fraying, then tighten the canvas by using a staple gun to adhere the canvas to the bar.

Once gesso is applied and dried you are ready to paint.



About artist and illustrator

I'm a textile artist, resourceful and excited about making things. Dog walks with my pooch "Charlie" is inspiring and an opportunity to develop ideas from nature and people whom we meet on our strolls. There is a story behind my art making, it's in the series, I don't make just one but many from the same idea, but! not one will look like the other, each piece of art is "one-of-a-kind".
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3 Responses to Canvas Art – Stretched and Framed – Part I

  1. good info, and I love the art piece you have used to demonstrate the idea. some photographers order canvas prints, do you recommend they order them on canvas that is already stretched and on a frame, or can you do that for them if they order the print on a rolled canvas?

    • Hi Janice,
      Thanks for your comment and question. Yes, I can stretch canvas, I am working with a printer who will reproduce photos onto canvas and then I stretch the canvas on various depths of stretcher bars.
      If you order the canvas transfer via mail, I would suggest stretching the canvas in your home city, shipping a stretched canvas can be costly and can easily be damaged.

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