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.
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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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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…
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…