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A3+ Canvas/Canvas Print Stretching and Mounting

Postby arimus.uk@googlemail.com » Wed Jan 03, 2007 4:38 pm

Can someone recommend where in the UK I can find a suitable supply of A3+ canvas sheets for use in B9180.... been trying to 'google' a supplier of it but not getting very far as I'm finding a number of hits but don't really know which canvas is the one to go for.

(The majority of prints are subtle landscapes)
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Postby brian1208 » Wed Jan 03, 2007 5:41 pm

Ameiva have two boxes

http://www.ameiva.co.uk/index.php?secti ... m,_380_g/m²,_25_Sheets

excellent company with rapid service and low prices (they are my main supplier)
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Postby samdring » Wed Jan 03, 2007 8:44 pm

£44 +VAT at www.consumableitems.co.uk which is quite a bit cheaper.
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Postby arimus.uk@googlemail.com » Thu Jan 04, 2007 9:18 am

Thanks for that Sam,

As soon as I get permission from the wife to spend more money :) I'll be ordering a pack...
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Postby GaryClough » Sat Jan 06, 2007 9:06 pm

Wow, I hadn't actually reaslised it you could make your own canvas prints, I am definitely sold on this printer now, hope to order one this weekend.

Has anyone come across a web site which gives practical tips on how to frame your own canvas prints? Is it just a matter of creating a pine frame from some baton? What is the best way to stretch the canvas tight and how do you deal with the folds on the corners?

Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

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Postby brian1208 » Sat Jan 06, 2007 9:38 pm

I use canvas stretcher bars or cheap pre-mounted canvas box-frames (3/4" deep side). The largest I can get a decent result with from an A3+ sheet is 16"x12" but that does need putting in a box frame as the long edge is stapled on the outside. 14"x11" with 3/4 inch deep edges allows a complete wrap and looks tidy without the box frame.

I start by stapling the centre of each side, pulling tight, then move to the corners. You will need to find the tidiest method that works for you, it is too easy to end up with an ugly bunch but I find pulling the centre of the corner tight diagonally works for me. I then make a sort of "hospital corner wrap (easy to do, impossible to describe).

Finally I work the edges taut, stapling from the original centre staples out toward to the corners.

I varnish next (usually two coats) and when dry put in the tensioning wedges in the back of the frame.

Seems to do a nice job ( so much so that I've been asked by a friend to mount some of his canvases too!)

I reckon its about an hours work in total.

Hope this is of some use, expect to mess up a couple of times but if you are careful you can always get the canvas off and start again.

Watch the surface of the uncoated canvas by the way, I've knocked off the odd flake using several different canvas materials, including the HP version. Once varnished they seem pretty robust.

Good luck and have fun
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Postby Kevgermany » Sat Jan 06, 2007 10:43 pm

Brian, I think this is something of interest to many of us. Any chance of a few pics/tutorial? Where do the canvas stretcher bars come from? What do you mean by box frame. What are tensioning wedges? Do they come with the frame?
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Postby brian1208 » Sat Jan 06, 2007 11:59 pm

I'll see what I can do, but I'm very much a self taught amateur.

Canvas stretcher bars can be got from any art supplier, they come in pairs + the wedges that tension the frame later. So, one would buy say, a pair of 14" and a pair of 11" bars for a 14X11 canvas. The corners are pre cut to 45 degree miter joints for easy assembly.

The "box frames" are pre-assembled stretcher frames with a canvas already applied. I find that some cheap shops locally have them in for less than a set of professional bars. They also have a benefit (in my mind) that the canvas provides a tough backing to prevent a clumsy person such as myself from making a hole in the image canvas!

The wedges fit into holes in the back of the frame and once the canvas is attached are tapped into their holes, stretching the frame and tightening the canvas.

As I say, I'll have a look for a suitable reference site or failing that, try to put some images together

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Postby brian1208 » Sun Jan 07, 2007 1:47 am

here's a starter slide show I found

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/photo/0 ... ng/_slide_

doesn't show the stretching wedges though so I'll look for that

another

http://www.artsparx.com/canvasstretching.asp

Off to bed now - I'm knacked :)
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Postby Kevgermany » Sun Jan 07, 2007 8:52 am

Thanks... Much appreciated!
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Postby fazer101 » Sun Jan 07, 2007 11:16 am

Try this site for 'art' supplies, I have found them to be very good.

www.artdiscount.co.uk
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Postby brian1208 » Sun Jan 07, 2007 11:45 am

A search on "canvas stretching" seems to be most productive, I even found HP have a guide! http://h41186.www4.hp.com/country/us/en ... ntry_id=12

and this one which is possibly the clearest
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Articles2/50537/527/

One thing I note is that they all seem to leave the corners until last, I tried that and found it more difficult than doing it the way I describe. It would be worth experimenting to see which approach suits you best
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Postby Kevgermany » Sun Jan 07, 2007 2:40 pm

Now all I need to do is get a good canvas print, some stretchers and give it a go. Thanks for all the help!
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Postby samdring » Sun Jan 07, 2007 2:53 pm

Yes thanks Brian very useful. The last 2 examples you posted (today) both seem to advocate stapling on the edges of the frames rather than the backs - suspect rather too visible?
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Postby brian1208 » Sun Jan 07, 2007 3:08 pm

I prefer to staple on the back if possible but if the canvas is going to be framed then stapling down the edge could make for a neater corner
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