The Art of Building a Stretched Canvas from Scratch
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The Art of Building a Stretched Canvas from Scratch

Learn the DIY way to building a canvas for your artwork. Stop wasting money on pre-stretched canvases!
4.5 (1 rating)
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Created by Megan Dorien
Last updated 4/2015
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 11 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Build a stretched canvas from scratch
  • Be confident in choosing the right canvas type for your work as an artist
  • Identify each tool needed to stretch a canvas and their purpose
  • How to prepare your canvas for either stretching or painting
  • Learn about the most popular types of canvas wraps, so you can decide which you prefer stylistically for your own art
  • How to cut your loose canvas for different applications
  • How to assemble your stretcher bars into a frame for your canvas
  • Learn when a cross brace or extra support is needed in your frames
  • Learn how to fold the most amazing corners
  • Learn how to hang your finished painting like a museum or gallery
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  • If you plan to execute the lesson at the same time as the course, you will need the following: a piece of canvas (either finished or blank), wood, staple gun, canvas pliers.
  • This course will not act as an instructional on the actual act of painting. Instead, it will teach you everything you need to know about how to take a piece of canvas and turn it into a wrapped canvas.
  • I will outline a detailed account of all supplies needed to execute a finished, gallery quality, stretched canvas. However, if you are signing up for the course simply to learn how to stretch a canvas and will execute later, you will need nothing! You may want to use the course to simply learn the how-to's and plan on actually building the canvas later on, that is fine as well.

Hey! If you've been painting on pre-stretched canvases, stop wasting money and take this course! I will teach you everything you want and need to know about how to create a gallery quality, stretched canvas. The artwork you choose to put on it is on you, but I will teach you tips, tricks and detailed how-to's on the art of building your canvas.

You will also learn:

  • How to select the correct canvas type for your art style
  • How to prep your canvas
  • All about stretcher bars; what they are and how to use them
  • The tools you need, the purpose of each, and where to get them
  • The art of stretching the canvas to the wood
  • How to prepare the finished canvas for hanging

The Course

I have broken the course into easily digestible sections that go into lots of detail. People taking this class will range from total beginners that are just taking up art, to experienced artists that are looking for another way of completing their finished artworks. You can choose to create your canvas alongside the videos, or take the course and then complete the project when you're ready.

Why YOU should take this class

If you're like most artists, you get incredible joy from creating things with your hands. There's nothing like the feeling you get when you have created every part of a painting; the work itself, the canvas it's on, all the way down to the wire that hangs it. By enrolling in this course, you will be able to feel that feeling in your career.

Outside Availability

If you enroll in the course, I am available for any questions via email. Questions pertaining to the actual course, or anything else art related. I think that we, as artists, can learn so much from each other. We should be sharing and giving advice and caring about seeing each other succeed.

As an Added Bonus

Since marketing your work is a big part of your success and exposure as an artist, everyone that enrolls in this course will have the option of being included on my own personal website on a page titled "Friends". When you finish your painting, you can send an email with an image and description, and links to your website with contact info. You can take advantage of the 1,000+ unique visitors to my site, gaining yourself more exposure. My goal of this sharing method is for you to pick up new fans or, best case scenario, to sell your painting.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for artists (or people who are looking to become artists) that want to learn how to create your own stretched canvases. There is no prior knowledge needed, nor do you have to have experience with any building or construction. I will be going through each stage of the process in very detailed explanations alongside video tutorials.
  • This course is great for artists that want to learn how to use their hands to build every part of their artwork. Artists that are sick of purchasing factory, pre-made canvases.
  • This course is also great for artists that need to learn how to make canvases for custom sized jobs.
  • This course is great for artists that want to learn how to take part in every single step of piece of your finished work.
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Curriculum For This Course
Introduction to the Course
7 Lectures 19:52

This is the beginning of our course! Before we dive in, I'll give a little bit about myself and what you can expect from the course.

Preview 01:18

You'll learn what a stretched canvas actually is. Which is to say, it's a ready-to-use surface that consists of either cotton or linen fabric, that's stretched around a wooden frame. It's then secured either on the back or the sides with staples or tacks.

You'll also learn that you have 2 choices when participating in this course and what the 2 choices are.

Preview 12:54

Take Away - Canvas

In this lecture you'll learn about the tools required to stretch your canvas from scratch. We'll go over every tool and their purpose. Don't feel shy or nervous about them, you've most likely used all of these tools before at some point in your life!

Included in this lecture is a visual checklist of every tool that you'll need.

Using the correct tool for the job required

Take Away - Tools

Sending me your finished paintings for inclusion on my site

Canvas Selection
5 Lectures 05:47

In this section, we'll be going over the most common types of canvases and how to decide which canvas type is right for you. We will discuss which types of canvas are used for which medium and the pro's and con's of using each. At the end of this section, you will be able to confidently choose a canvas type to try out in your own art.

What type of canvas are you going to choose?

We'll learn about the most popular types of canvases in the market; cotton duck canvas, linen canvas, pre-stretched canvas, canvas board, and watercolor canvas.

We'll also learn why there is such a price difference with these different types of canvases.

Canvas types

Take away - canvas types

The difference between prime and raw (unprimed) canvas

What we've learned in Section 2
The Art of Preparing Your Canvas
6 Lectures 12:48
What we'll learn in this section

Sizing your canvas

Canvas wraps - the different types

How to properly preparing your canvas for cutting

Cutting your canvas to your predetermined size

Take away - canvas preparation
Assembling the frame
7 Lectures 06:02
Stretcher strip components

Assembling our pieces

Structural issues - When to use support braces

Cross braces - When and how to use them on oversized paintings

How to install your cross brace - Using our example

Take away - frame assembly

Summing up Section 4
Stretching the canvas
3 Lectures 06:31
The art of stretching your canvas

Perfecting the corner fold

Take away - stretching your canvas and folding your corners
Preparing your painting for hanging
2 Lectures 04:04
How to install hardware for hanging

Take away - hanging your canvas
Conclusion to our course
2 Lectures 00:54
Wrap up

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About the Instructor
Megan Dorien
4.5 Average rating
1 Review
13 Students
1 Course
Artist/designer/maker of things

I have been a fine artist for 13 yearsI graduated college in 2004 with a BA in Media arts from an art school in Philly. In the years since, I have honed by skills and knowledge as an artist. I have showed my paintings in group and solo exhibits on an international level. My favorite thing about being an artist is that it gives me a unique opportunity to connect with so many people on a higher level. When someone connects with my art for whatever their reason, an instant, recognizable connection occurs.

I plan to continue creating artwork that people can connect with. I also plan to share my knowledge and tips with other artists, because I think it's so important that we all support each other in any way we know how.