I’ve got some raw canvas and stretcher bars that I’d like to use.
I understand that I should prime the canvas before stretching. I’m using acrylic gesso.
I notice the prestretched canvas at the store actually staple the stretcher bars at the corners. Shouldn’t the stretcher bars be free to move and “tightened using those keys in the corners?
also instead of staples should I use tacks? And is it best to tack from the side or in the backside?
lots of questions but I figure if I’m going to try this I ought to go about it the right way.