Posts Tagged ‘acrylic painting’

How to Stretch a Canvas for Painting

Monday, December 4th, 2017

When I first started painting, the thought of stretching my own canvas was frightening, but after a few attempts of stretching a canvas it came to me automatically. I was able to make canvases for half the price of store bought ones. Also, stretching your own canvas can trigger off the beginning of the creation through the hands on process of doing it yourself. Hope this helps.

Materials and equipment

Pre- made stretcher frame/ or self-made

Canvas material cut 10cm approx larger than your stretcher frame

Canvas staple gun

How to Stretch a Canvas

Lay your canvas on a flat surface wrong side up then lay your stretcher right side down on top of canvas. Pull the sides of your canvas up and round to the top of the stretcher.

DIAGRAM 1 Secure the 4 points with staples or tacks to create a diamond shaped wrinkle in the canvas. Check diagonals and adjust the stretcher for squareness before going further.


CANVAS DIA 1DIAGRAM 2– Secure the canvas to the stretcher with staples approx. every 6 cm. around the edge, working from the center points outwards. Pulling the canvas as you go. Continue working out to the corners in this pattern. Do not overstretch the canvas. When applying tension, the canvas pliers should not be forced to pull the canvas in place. The tension of course will become greater as you work towards the corners.

CANVAS DIA 2FOLD– the corners under; as neatly as you can, leaving no exposed tab that maybe caught and damaged. Staple or tack excess canvas that wraps around to the back of the frame.

HINT– Once finished and your canvas and is not as tight as you would like, fill a small spray bottle with luke-warm water and spray the canvas on the back. Once dry your canvas will be as tight as a drum. Happy painting!

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In the Studio Today. Orange. Copper. Gold.

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

In the Studio Today. Orange. Copper. Gold.

Closing up the studio today, for holidays, I couldn’t help it. I just had to touch my paintings. 3 hours later…

Gestural Acrylic Paintings. Mixed Media on Canvas.

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Gestural Acrylic Paintings. Mixed Media on Canvas.

Mixed media on gallery stretched canvas.

Acrylic paint & oil pigments.


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Spontaneous gestural marks


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with a play of colour


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and forgotten marks


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on gallery stretched canvas.


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Landscapes of traces


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left behind


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in the environment


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and mind.

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Each painting measures, 40cm. x 30cm. x 4cm.


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Year completed, 2015



Mixed Media Painting on Paper. Acrylic paint. Oil Pigment. Shellac & Rag Paper.

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Mixed Media Painting on Paper.


Acrylic paint


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Oil Pigment


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Shellac & Rag Paper


Orange and Pink Paintings. Work in Progress.

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Orange and Pink Paintings. Work in Progress.

4 Large paintings

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making first marks


adding colour

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sploshing pink

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and orange paint

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adding layers

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& texture






Pink me up abstractions!

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Pink me up abstractions!

4 new abstract paintings




“Winsor & Newton” acrylic paints on gallery stretched canvas




Each artwork measures Size 30 x 30 x 3.5cm.




Still untitled.



Paintings & Gelatin Prints.

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Paintings & Gelatin Prints. 3 paintings I did awhile back. The backgrounds are experiments with gelatin prints I made on canvas sing  made my own gelatin block. Inks and acrylic paint were added afterwards to the surface. (How to make a gelatin block and the printing process (tutorial)

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Cimetière des Chiens Playground

Inspiration for the paintings.
A celebration to animals…Mapping and playing in the Cimetière des Chiens et Autres Animaux Domestiques in Paris. Opened in 1899 its a cemetery of dogs and cats and other domestic animals. Some of the cemetery’s residents are famous, such as Rin Tin Tin.

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Cimetière des Chiens Playground 1

 The plots and plaques are just so lovingly decorated. My daughter and I like to spend time with the stray cats and dogs who wander in and out of the cemetery .The kind staff feed and shelter any stray animal by scattering little semi- enclosed boxes around the cemetery.

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Cimetière des Chiens Playground 2

(My gelatin print tutorial here)

Abstract Play. New Paintings.

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

My latest little abstract paintings with bursts of high-energy marks, dissolving into planes of colour with blocks of cobalt blue found papers walking across the surface.

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When is a painting finished ?

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

This painting was started about 6 weeks ago and is still morphing…

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Beginning with large areas of loose colour. I lived with it and watched




I tightened it up with more colour, dribbles and abstract geometric forms. For the next week I watched again…


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Still not satisfied, I threw it on the floor and used, bucket and broom, to scrub, pour & glaze with puddles of watery acrylic paint and Gesso to muddy it up


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Once dry, I worked into the forms to bring them back again


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Recently, I scrubbed away more areas, added several paint glazes and played across the surface with oil pastel for days



When is a painting finished?

It will tell me…

Purple Haze in Yellow. Procrastination.

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Two new paintings from the studio!



Sitting on a line at the cusp of making a decision enjoying the moment before.
Acrylic paint, Oil pastel and sealer on gallery wrapped canvas
12″x 16″ X 1-3/4″ (30x40x4cm)

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Purple Haze in Yellow


Colour field abstract painting
Acrylic paint, Oil pastel and sealer on gallery wrapped canvas
12″x 16″ X 1-3/4″ (30x40x4cm)

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