This short guide hopes to inform you what equipment you need and demonstrate step by step how to use it in order to successfully 'Stretch a Painting'. In order to understand this guidance let us ensure that we fully comprehend what it is.
What is Stretching a painting?
Stretching is the process by which a painting/print is affixed to a wooden base (stretcher bars) in order to be able to hang directly on a wall.
What Equipment do I need?
Before attempting to begin the process of stretching you should check that you have the following equipment:
Firstly, ensure that the correct sized stretcher bars for the painting are laid out on a flat surface and the corners are gently pushed together. At this point they are gently tapped together at right angles (90 degrees). A set square or square is used to get the perfect corner. Once you’re confident that each corner is at a right angle the two pieces are joined together with a staple gun. Two staples in each corner should sufficiently hold it in place.
Step 2 – Aligning your painting
Lay the painting face down on a clean surface and place the wooden frame over it – staple side up. Leave an equal distance around the edges of the painting and gently fold them over the edges of the wooden frame.
Step 3 – Pulling and stapling the canvas over the frame
Line the painting up so that the horizon is horizontal and the straight lines on the picture are parallel to the edge of the painting. When it’s in position staple the canvas to the top edge of the frame.
Pull the canvas tightly and gun the staples into the opposite. Repeat this procedure with the other two sides making sure that the canvas is pulled tight over the stretcher bars.
Step 4 – Ready to hang
The painting is now ready to hang and admire on your wall!
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