Preserving Artist’s Gold on Finished Paintings

I have been working with artist’s gold as a background to some portraits. ┬áIt took some time to learn how and when to apply the gold, but when I got it looking right, I knew I would have to varnish the final piece. Preserving artist’s gold is important...

Stretching Canvas Part 3: Priming the Stretched Canvas

In Part 1 and Part 2, I assembled a custom stretcher frame and stretched a heavy unprimed canvas over the bars. Now, it’s time to start priming the stretched canvas so it is ready for painting! First, gather your tools together. You’ll need: enough gesso...

Stretching a Custom Canvas for Fine Art Part 2

In Part 1, I discussed assembled a custom stretcher frame using prefabricated stretcher bars from the art supply shop. Now, let’s start stretching a custom canvas over those bars. First, gather your tools together. Stretching your canvas: canvas, unprimed and...

Stretching a Custom Canvas for Fine Art Part 1

I usually buy stretched canvases from the local art supply store, but my next project requires a large size that is not in stock. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn how to stretch a custom canvas for fine art! This project isn’t very difficult, but it...