Joined: 09 May 2004 Posts: 2408 Location: IN UR DANZ, GETTIN' A BROOZ!
Posted: Jun 15, 2012 4:20 pm Post subject: re stretching a painting
i have a painted canvas that has been sans stretcher bars/frame for a while. i had it just tacked to my wall, but it wasn't ideal.
i want to restretch it. i bought a staple gun, measure, went to the art store, but now i've hit a road block. the painted section measures 29.5" by 39". unfortunately i cannot find stretcher bars that are 29.5" ANYWHERE
but then i started thinking that maybe theres a reason they use the word "stretch"
so, do i by stretcher bars a little bigger than the painted surface and hope that i can make up the difference by stretching the canvas? or do i get stretcher bars a little too small and hope it doesn't look too weird?
i'm thinking getting stretcher bars that are 30" by 39". does that seem right? _________________ 'Where do you get your ideas from?'
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Joined: 07 Apr 2004 Posts: 1389 Location: Astoria NY
Posted: Jun 21, 2012 10:18 am Post subject:
I'd go smaller and let the painting wrap around the edges, unless you're planning to frame it. google "gallery wrap" for how to staple it on the back.
And it's not going to stretch much if it's already painted. You just want it taut.
if you were stretching a canvas pre-painting, you can really stretch the hell out of it, but once it's painted I think it would probably crack if you stretched it too much. _________________ Are you familiar with the old robot phrase "DOES NOT COMPUTE"?
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