Stretching a painting over a custom frame

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Forum topic by tolmeda posted 09-23-2009 02:06 AM 1078 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-23-2009 02:06 AM

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My wife and I brought an original aboriginal painting back from Australia a few months ago and we need to get it stretched on a wood frame. According to the gallery we bought it from, these types of paintings are not framed the way a typical painting might be. Instead, they’re simply stretched over a wood frame and hung as is.

The frame itself is fairly straight forward: approximately 36” square. Does anyone have any experience stretching a canvas painting? Wondering if I can attempt it once I have the frame built or should leave it to an expert?

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#1 posted 09-26-2009 12:02 AM

I’m no expert, but I helped a neighbor do this very thing a couple of weeks ago. Is there enough room around the perimeter of the painting to wrap over the edge of the frame? I wrapped the canvas around the 3/4” frame that I made, then stapled it to the back. The end result is a painting that wraps around the frame and looks finished. I started by lining up one side and tacking it down. Then I pulled it tight and did the opposite side. It looked pretty good. You have to do a crisp fold on the corners and then tack that down too. If there’s not enough room, I stapled on the side and painted over the staples with black acrylic paint because that’s what that part of the painting was. Good luck!

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#2 posted 09-28-2009 11:09 PM

Unbeknownst to me, my wife had already schedule an “appointment” with a local art framer. Who knew you had to have an appointment for that sort of thing. Anyway, I went with her and we had a interesting chat with the owner. She explained that for the type of canvas and paint that was used, we should expect the painting to change a lot once it’s stretched. So, in short, the stretching would have been the easy part but the minor adjustments over the first couple of months would have been a pain. We decided to entrust it to the professionals and the price was very reasonable.

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