Tip for Stretching a Shaped Canvas...


When using shaped frames, we recommend that unprimed cotton or linen canvas be stretched first and then primed. The unprimed canvas is far more flexible and can be pulled tight around curved edges without creating folds in the canvas. These photos show unprimed canvas stretched on a 60” round frame and a 38"x48" teardrop frame. The visible edges are free of any folds but the folds are quite pronounced on the back side of the frame.

The thicker the frame, the more difficult it is to avoid folds in the canvas along the edges. For this reason, we try to keep most shaped frames to 1-1/2” or less in thickness.

6ft Round Canvas Frame

shaped canvas stretched with unprimed canvas to help achieve smooth edges