STRETCHING SERVICES

Museum Wrap

With museum wraps, the canvas is stretched over stretcher bars and stapled on the back. The stretcher bars range in depth from 1/2" to 2". The image only shows on the front. There is a variety of stretcher bar widths and depths for canvas sizes ranging up to to 6'x8'. For larger pieces, a cross bar is used for extra support. Museum wraps can be painted on the sides or framed so that the sides are hidden. Framing always enhance any artwork. If framed, it is important to select a stretcher bar depth that is compatible with the frame you desire. For example, deeper stretcher bars (1.5" and 2") will look best in float frames or possible frames that are very deep so as to hide the deep sides of the museum wrap.

Museum Wrap
Gallery Wrap

Gallery Wrap

Gallery wraps follow the same procedure as museum wraps except that the image appears on the front and sides. The stretcher bars range in depth from 1/2" to 2". If left unframed, gallery wrapping adds a 3rd dimension to the piece since the art is visible from all sides as you are viewing the art on the wall. Framing is optional for gallery wraps, but always enhances any artwork. If framed, it is important to select a stretcher bar depth that is compatible with the frame you desire. For example, deeper stretcher bars (1.5" and 2") will look best in float frames or possible frames that are very deep so as to hide the deep sides of the gallery wrap.

Custom-Size Stretched Canvas
with Hand-painted Gesso

The artist canvas provided by Austin Art & Frame is different from that provided by "big-box" stores. We start with raw canvas that is up to 60" in width and 96" in length. The raw canvas is untreated 100% cotton duck. We then use stretcher bars ranging from 7/8" deep up to 2" deep for stretching the canvas. For sizes larger than 40" x 40" bracing bars are used as well. The gesso is hand painted to present a fine painting surface for all media. It has a rich brilliant white color that won't yellow. It provides a perfect painting surface for acrylics, oils, alkyds, caseins and even watercolor.

Artist Canvas
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