Hello, hello, hello! I’ve been stretching the canvas over the frames I built the other day…all night long. There are tons of video tutorials on YouTube for stretching canvases. It’s been a while, so I brushed up on the techniques of stretching by watching a “how to” on Gallery wraps. A Gallery wrap is a method of stretching an artist’s canvas so that the canvas wraps around the sides and is secured to the back of the wooden frame.
With all the tutorials available I could not find one that showed in detail how to wrap the corners. Every video talks about it but I want to see up close how to do it.
Although, I don’t plan to go into extreme detail on the whole process, I did take some close up photos on how I wrap the corners. As always, if you have any additional questions, give’em here!
For starters, I cut the canvas giving myself an extra 4″ all around the frame.
Also, my tool-caddy doubles as a high-chair for the baby.
It’s best to star off with one of the longer sides and put a staple in the middle as you see here. This is when you pull the canvas from the center of the other long side.
How will you know when you’re stretching the canvas tight enough?
You’ll see a small ridge form in the center as you pull; that’s when you know it’s tight enough; pop a staple in the center of the frame your pulling from to secure the canvas. You then staple the center of the other two sides. That’s basically the trick-of-it: start at the center of each side and work your way out to the corners.
IMPORTANT: In the event that a mistake occurs and I need to remove a staple or two, I hold my staple gun at an angle so they don’t shoot in all the way. Otherwise, you’ll jack-up the canvas and lose your mind trying to dig the staples out.
Once we’re at this point in the stapling process, we will tackle the corners. This is not a complicated process, but it’s time consuming no matter how good you are.
Gallery Wrapped Corners:
…and repeat :)