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Art Resources => Techniques => Topic started by: Jesse on April 05, 2013, 02:12:17 PM

Title: To Stretch a Canvas.
Post by: Jesse on April 05, 2013, 02:12:17 PM
I recently found a great article with some discussion and a very interesting alternative  method to stretching a canvas. They use thumb tacks starting from the corners. Which is unique to what I always heard. In the rare moments that I stretched a canvas I always started from the middle and worked out to avoid wrinkles. Though the advantage to their method with the tacks is itís all adjustable and you donít staple till the end!

Hereís an image of their canvas stretched with tacks prior to stapling.
(http://www.goldenpaints.com/justpaint/jp17/12.jpg)
http://www.goldenpaints.com/justpaint/jp17/12.jpg

I absolutely love the suggestion of stapling through a woven band to protect the canvas.  What a phenomenal idea. After Iíve had to un-stretch canvases for a few people, Iíve seen the damage a staple can do to a canvas.

(http://www.goldenpaints.com/justpaint/jp17/16.jpg)
http://www.goldenpaints.com/justpaint/jp17/16.jpg

Find the article and images on goldenís website here:
http://www.goldenpaints.com/justpaint/jp17article1.php

What do you think about this technique?
Title: Re: To Stretch a Canvas.
Post by: lboocks on April 06, 2013, 07:44:27 AM
While the tacks would probably not work well for large works on really thick canvas, I really like the idea of stapling through the woven band. Thanks for sharing this!
Title: Re: To Stretch a Canvas.
Post by: Jesse on April 07, 2013, 07:26:52 PM
How big do you think big is? Judging by the size of the painting they are re-stretching, it looks like the size at least 3x4 or 3x5 judging that itís bigger than the table?

I also love the woven band idea. Thatís hot!
Title: Re: To Stretch a Canvas.
Post by: lboocks on April 08, 2013, 07:13:32 PM
Some of my stuff is getting in the 6-9 foot range. So that would be a lot of tacks plus it might be tough if the stretcher wood isn't soft.
Title: Re: To Stretch a Canvas.
Post by: Jesse on April 09, 2013, 11:50:52 AM
Enter my love for Jack Richeson Aluminum Gallery Wrap bars!
http://www.richesonart.com/pdfs/stretcherbars.pdf

Let me know if you ever need to order custom sizes.

That would be a lot of tacks, but I could see it being of great use especially when re-stretching a previously painted canvas.
Title: Re: To Stretch a Canvas.
Post by: drewmarley on August 28, 2014, 04:09:06 AM
Is the guide, despite of customization can be similar to what's with the products? Or they include their own guide, this question if I bought the bars from other place?
Title: Re: To Stretch a Canvas.
Post by: Jesse on August 29, 2014, 04:02:15 PM
Can you tell me a bit more about what youíre asking?  This method is pretty cool, and I donít think would matter what brand of bar you buy.