Making a frame for canvas artwork involves fitting together four stretcher bars, gluing or reinforcing them with nails and stretching the canvas around the frame before stapling it in place. Create a wooden frame for canvas, either before or after the canvas is painted, with information from a frame shop owner in this free video on framing.
Hi, my name's Jeremiah Rohr. I'm with The Frame Shop in St. Petersburg, Florida. I'm here to talk about how to frame up a canvas for your work when you want to do an oil painting, or acrylic type paint. We're going to first...we're going to end up with a piece that has a...a frame behind, that the canvas mounts to. And this allows for the canvas to be stretched, and...and..and tight over the frame, and is how most artists work when they're working on canvas. There are several ways to do this. One way to do it is to buy pre-made stretcher canvas. These are pre-cut to specific lengths. You then simply slide them together. And you can glue them if you want, or just put them together like this, and the canvas will hold them together in the long run. The other way to do that is to have someone make you a frame out of stretcher material that has a little bump on the edge here, that allows the canvas to go over and not touch the wood itself. This frame has been put together with V nails in the back, through a custom framer. And it's a good, solid frame, and ready to go. What we do then is to take the piece of canvas, itself, and wrap it around the frame, and stretch it. We'll take and staple the material to the back of the frame, here, along this side. And stretch it and staple along this side. Or you can staple along the edge. There's two types of paintings that you can do. One is called a gallery wrap, and one is called a museum wrap. The museum wrap tends to look like this particular picture, where the picture only comes to the edge of the....of the frame, itself. A gallery wrap is where the picture actually wraps around on the side of that, and this edge is painted. So you want to consider that when you're putting this together. As you fold this up and staple it in, you end up with a nice corner. And, it'll be all stretched out and look...look like this in the end. So this is the finished product, after the painter's done with it. Before it will just be a clean slate, and then the painter works on...directly onto the canvas. That's all there is to it. It's nice and easy. My name's Jeremiah Rohr with The Frame Shop.