How Do You Stretch An Oil Painting?
Buying pre-stretched canvases can be pricey, and paying someone to re-stretch a painting that has come loose or has been removed from its stretcher bars can be both a hassle and quite expensive. Many people are unaware that the same process used to stretch canvases for new paintings can also be used to remount paintings on stretchers. With a few simple steps, you can save money and get the satisfaction of stretching your canvas yourself. And when the time comes to fix a painting, you won’t need to pay a restorer to handle it. Understand that the most important part of stretching canvases is making sure you are using quality stretcher bars. These can be purchased with tongue-and-groove style corners that interlock. Premade stretcher bars come in a variety of lengths and thicknesses. The thicker they are, the more they will resist warping down the road. If your painting is to be unframed, you may consider gallery wrap-style stretcher bars that generally range from 1-1/2 inches to 2-1/2 i