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.