Educational Resources

Welcome to the  educational “How to ….” part of the website. Please browse the following topics and follow the links to the sections that are of interest to you. If you need further information, please contact us directly by email or telephone at 1-800-561-4944.

How to Buy a Canvas Online

You might think choosing a canvas is as simple as knowing the finished size you want but there are actually a lot of different factors that go into selecting the right canvas or stretcher frame for a particular purpose. Our guide will walk you through everything you need to consider.

→ Read More

How to Choose the Right Stretcher Bars

What do I need to consider when choosing stretcher bars for my canvas art? How much bracing is required? Our guide will assist you to make that decision.

→ Read More

How to Stretch a Canvas

How do you stretch a canvas? Watch as Bob Nadon of Upper Canada Stretchers shares tips and best practices for stretching cotton or linen canvas on a stretcher frame. Step-by-step instructions are also pictured below.

→ Read More

Stretcher Frame Design Features

Here are some of the features that help make Upper Canada Stretchers some of the best and most trusted canvas stretcher bars in North America and keep our clients coming back again and again.

→ Read More

Large Heavy-Duty Stretcher Design Features

The larger the canvas, the more important it is to have it supported by a professionally made stretcher. For a large work to last over time, it needs a foundation that is light, strong, and skillfully constructed – qualities unlikely to be supplied by anyone other than experts.

→ Read More

Get to Know Upper Canada Stretchers as a Whole

Watch the following video to get an idea of what Upper Canada Stretchers does and what makes us unique.

→ Read More

Why You Should Use Keyable Stretchers

Surprisingly, the durability of the oil painting on canvas is a popular myth. Its survival has depended on good construction, good luck, and regular conservation attention. A properly prepared, keyable stretcher frame is basic to the long life of a painting, given the vicissitudes of travelling, storage, and viewing space to which it will almost certainly be subjected

→ Read More

How to Assemble Your Stretcher Frame

Step by step instructions (in both video and written format) showing how to put together a canvas stretcher frame, with and without braces, including how to install the canvas corner wedges/canvas keys…

→ Read More

How To Assemble Your Gallery Stretcher Frame

Step by step instructions on how to assemble an Upper Canada Stretchers’ Gallery Stretcher Frame, including using the unique single-key-per-corner design to easily stretch your photo print or painting drum tight in minutes.

→ Read More

Instructions For Assembling Stretcher Frames With Universal Braces

Upper Canada Stretchers’ Universal Braces can be used to strengthen any existing frame or replace a broken brace without having to remove the canvas from the frame. Find step-by-step instructions on how to install them here!

→ Read More

How to Prime a Raw Canvas

This video will walk you through the process of how to prepare a canvas for painting, using acrylic gesso.

→ Read More

How to Assemble a Floater Frame with Dovetailed Keys

Step-by-step directions on the how to assemble floating frames for paintings using dovetail keys. Floater frames are quick and easy to put together and make your canvas painting look fantastic.

→ Read More

How to Stretch a Canvas Painting or Prints on Canvas

You’ve bought a beautiful painting while on vacation or had a favourite photograph printed on canvas… but now, how do you get it ready for your wall? Here are a few questions and options to lead you through how to stretch and finish it to get it looking its best.

→ Read More

Linen vs. Cotton: The Pros & Cons

What are the differences between linen and cotton canvas and which one is best for your usage? This article looks at many of their differences and similarities so you can make that decision.

→ Read More

Cotton Duck Canvas: Numbered(#) vs. Ounces(oz)

You may not even be aware that there are numbered and ounced cotton canvases but they are manufactured differently, resulting in different qualities. Learn about those differences here.

→ Read More

How to Work with Giclée Prints

You’ve purchased a giclee print or even had one made of your own work – giclees are beautiful but they can be easily damaged if you don’t know how to properly handle and care for them. Learn the ins and outs of giclee prints here

→ Read More

The Benefits of Digital Prints on Canvas

Displaying photos around the home is nothing new. However, with the ubiquitousness of digital photography, transferring these images to canvas has become increasingly common place. Digital prints on canvas share a number of benefits with more traditionally framed photos, but have additional advantages of their own. Here we consider the main benefits of using digital photographs in this way.

→ Read More

Demo of Onsite Assembly, Stretching & Instalation of a Large Canvas (Video)

Upper Canada Stretchers offers onsite stretching assistance and service for large canvases. Watch this rapid-motion replay of the assembly, stretching and installation of one such painting at a commercial building in Toronto, Ontario…

→ Read More

Time-Lapse Video of a 11'x24' Painting by Forrest Formsma

Watch in rapid-motion as artist, Forrest Formsma, paints the entirety of his 11’x24′ canvas mural, “Hope Around the Bend”, which is then disassembled for shipping, then restretched and installed at the IU Health Saxony Hospital in Fishers, Indiana…

→ Read More