This is a step-by-step guide for anyone looking to learn how to stretch a canvas! The steps are written out along with corresponding pictures. I'm making an 8" X 10" canvas, but these steps work for any size canvas, big or small.
-Stretcher Bars (assemble by fitting together each piece to form a square/rectangle)
-Steel Cut Tacks
Did some compositional sketching and stretched a new canvas for this commission. I'm using Claessens double oil-primed linen, which I used previously on the portrait of my girlfriend (pictured in gallery below); I really like the Claessens and put a tone down on it with some earth colors and Gamsol. The tone will be dry by tomorrow so I can sketch in the underdrawing and then get to work!