Lat week I wrote a little bit about how to stretch watercolor paper. So, this week I thought it was only fitting to carry on with that approach of preparing your canvas.
I have always bought prestrectched canvas in a gallery wrap format before... until recently. I didn't know how to stretch one myself and didn't really care to learn because I always saw the prestretched ones to be perfectly affordable.
Well, I wanted to switch to using a deeper frame that was 2 inches deep compared to the barely an inch deep one you get the stores because they looks so much better as far as presentation is concerend. So, I did a little looking around and stores simply don't carry them. And if they do, you've run into a tremendous problem: the cost. They are sooooo much more expensive that you simply can't afford to do it.
So, I was relegated to buying my on stretcher bars, for a very reasonable price and a roll of canvas and stretch it on my own. So, where did I learn to do this at? YouTube of course. So, I'm going to post a few videos that will be useful for you to learn this very simply approach to saving you tons of money and making your art look much more desirable to future purchasers.
this second video is a little bizarre and a totally different technique with different technology. I just posted it because I thought it was interesting. I would never ever use this technique for any original art work.
Anyway, good luck on stretching your own canvas.
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