I got tired of dealing with warping stretcher bars and canvases that needed expensive frames. I decided it was time to achieve a more professional look. I build and prepare my own canvases with 1x3' boards, my result is 3" thick canvases that have a high quality finished look, without the need for a frame.
To build your own canvas you will need:
- Tape Measure
- 1"x3" boards, *Note: 1x3's are actually .75"x2.5"
- Quarter Round Molding
- Flat Corner Braces, 2-1/2" or 3"
- Carpenter's square
- A Miter Saw (I have a Ridget Miter Saw and love it)
- Wood Glue
- Clamps (Irwin Quick Grip clamps are awesome)
- Staple gun and staples
To stretch a canvas evenly and tightly you should work from opposite sides. Staple one side, go to the opposite side of the square/rectangle and tug the canvas until it is taunt. Go to the adjacent side and pull the canvas taunt, now pull and staple the opposite side. Staples should be horizontal, parallel with the board.
Repeat all the way around the canvas. Make sure to staple every inch or two to avoid the canvas from ripping.
Now you are ready to make some art!
Special thanks to my helpers on this project!