How do you fold a canvas

Instructions: Build your own canvas

2) Cover the stretcher with fabric

When you have assembled the stretcher, you can roll out your canvas and place the frame over it. Now you cut the fabric with your scissors. The fabric is 5 to 10 centimeters wider than the frame. I am generous with cropping. First of all, it is easier to grip the fabric with your hands when covering it when there is more of it, and I can simply cut away any excess fabric after covering it.

After the fabric has been cut, make sure that the protruding, curved edges are also facing the front. This increase ensures that the fabric is not too close to the wood and that no marks can be seen later when painting.

Now you cover the frame with the fabric, alternating from side to side. I use a stapler and staples for this. Other artists also use short nails and a hammer. I always start in the middle on the longest side. I fasten the fabric with the stapler (3 to 5 centimeters apart) and then switch to the other side. Now I stretch the fabric for the first time and then switch to the shorter outer sides. At first, the fabric wrinkles, but that changes over time. It is important that you pull the fabric vigorously every time (of course you can see this in my video above).

When you get to the corners, fold the fabric neatly so that the outside is as smooth as possible. You fasten the folded fabric with a clamp.

When the stretcher is finished, you can simply cut off any excess fabric. For a straight cut you can also use a cutter, which of course leaves a mini slit in the frame, personally that doesn't bother me very much, then ultimately nobody can see the back of the canvas.

By the way, don't worry about wrinkles that may appear after covering the canvas. These are eliminated by priming in the next step. In general, the primer with gesso ensures that the canvas is even tighter.