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How hard can I stretch my canvas?

Always stretch the canvas as evenly as possible. How hard you stretch it is a question of personal preference. Some painters prefer a very taut canvas while others do not. The following is one of the methods you can use:

  • centre the canvas carefully on the frame
  • affix it temporarily, for example by the corners
  • start in the middle of one side and work toward the edges
  • use a nail or a staple every 4 - 8 cm
  • now work on the opposite side and stretch the canvas using a canvas plier.
  • use the same method for the third and fourth sides
  • while stretching; check the front or finished canvas continually to ensure the stretch is correct otherwise make adjustments as needed.
  • do the corners last

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