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What Is Canvas Stretching? March 17, 2017

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What Is Canvas Stretching?, Branford Center, Connecticut

Are you looking to purchase art or have one of your own photographs blown up? Canvas stretching is a great way to bring your favorite images to life and have them displayed grandly in your home. The process is fairly simple, but having a canvas stretched professionally ensures that your image is done its proper justice. When you’re looking for a friendly team of professionals to help you mount or frame your images, turn to North Light Gallery & Framing in Branford, CT. They’re here with a thorough explanation of the canvas stretching process.


The reason why artists rely on canvas stretching is that it better prepares the material to be framed. The process of canvas stretching helps the material remain more durable, as prevents warping.  Additionally, many people in the art world agree that a stretched canvas adds extra texture and dimension to a canvas—which can make an image more visually appealing.


For canvas stretching, you’ll require a canvas, two wooden stretcher bars, an industrial stapler or staple gun, scissors, pliers, and a carpenter’s square. Fit the stretchers together tightly, as this will be the basis of the process. Once a wooden frame-like base has been assembled, put your canvas underneath it, then trim off additional material, leaving several extra inches around the perimeter. Fold the additional material over the wooden frame and staple it into place. Repeat this step on all sides, making sure that the canvas is stretched tightly so it will appear taut. Once all sides have been secured, simply fold the corner of the materials and also staple it into place.

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Now that you have a finished product, you can mount this piece in your home if it’s been printed on or apply an image to it. You can hang the canvas as is or take it to be framed for an added sense of refinement.

Canvas stretching is an exciting process that will elevate any piece of art in your home. For more information about the process or to order canvases or frames, contact North Light Gallery & Framing. Their website is full of information for any art enthusiast. Call (203) 481-2103 to speak with a representative today.

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