Things You'll Need
First and foremost, you're going to need a few items. These will be listed below for your convenience.
- The canvas, whether or blank or a finished piece
- Assembled stretcher bars of the appropriate size
- Staple gun
- Possibly a staple remover
Everyone is different and each artist will prefer something unique. However, I figured I would provide you with my recommendations regarding canvas and stretcher bars. I've bought a handful varieties of each, so I have more than a little experience. First, the stretcher bars are crucial. I've purchased some from Hobby Lobby and was definitely disappointed. These bars don't secure together very well and make it difficult to get a good square finish, with plenty of tension. If you're going to purchase your own stretcher bars, I recommend using Fredrix or Jack Richeson. Both are great, secure together well and can be used repeatedly, without any troubles.
In terms of canvas, I generally buy two brands, Fredrix and Richeson again. I either purchase Richardson Caravaggio Canvas or Fredrix Primed Canvas. Despite doing everything else, I do not recommend priming your own canvas. I have also used Sargent Art's Canvas from Amazon. Although it is affordable, you can tell it. I can literally tear it in half with my bare hands. Still, it is good for those working on a limited budget and those that just want to paint as much as possible to enhance their skills.
Step 1 - Preparing Your Canvas
Step 2 - Start In The Middle
Step 3 - Long Side Middle And Outward
Step 4 - SAme Thing Short Side
Step 5 - Repeat For All Sides
Step 6 - Finish The Corners
Well, you're done. I hope the information provided has been helpful to someone out there. Also, sorry for the terrible pictures. Took them and put the camera away. Sadly, they turned out a little darker than I had hoped. Remember to stretch the canvas to the tension you desire. I like a canvas, which beats like a drum, so my thumbs are usually sore and nearly raw, after the process has concluded.