Fine Art Techniques: step-by-step


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Stretcher Bars

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At artSparx we can produce any size stretcher frame in a variety of stretcher grades, from light weight to heavy duty professional. Contact us with details and to request a quote.
Delivered anywhere in North America in 5 to 7 days!

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Stretcher Bars
Canvas - primed and unprimed
Canvas Pliers
Staple Guns
Canvas Accessories
  canvas tape
copper canvas tacks

PVA sizing
Pre-stretched Canvases

Antiquing silver leaf
The soft glow of slightly tarnished silver.

Rag rolling

Color wash

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Fredrix Heavy Duty Creative Edge Stretched Canvas 16 in. x 20 in. carton of 3

Fredrix Heavy Duty Creative Edge Stretched Canvas

Gallery style stretched canvas with a clean, staple-free edge allows you to paint on all four sides. Hangs without a picture frame. Medium texture 100% cotton duck canvas. Double primed with acid-free acrylic gesso. With 1 1/2 in. x 1 1/2 in. heavy duty stretcher strips.

over 14 different sizes!


Hand-painted Delft tiles

The loose un-even quality of this faux technique makes painted Delft tiles an ideal decorative effect for the beginner or inexperienced do-it-yourselfer.

Irregular lines and hand painted renderings add character and old world charm, easily achieved without any prior painting experience.

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The proper way to assemble stretcher bars.  Take control of your paintings by controlling the size of your work.



Step 1:  Slide two corner pieces together and align mitre for a flush fit.

Step 2: Before adding opposite sides insert cross braces, if stretcher size or canvas weight requires bracing.

If you are working in a size larger than 3' x 3' it is recommended that cross braces are added to support your frame. Additional cross braces should be added incrementally as your canvas size increases. Have a custom frame size? Get quote now!

Stretcher bars
Regular and Heavy duty.
Dozens of sizes!


Step 3: Once the frame is aligned insert first wedge firmly but do not force.

Step 4: Insert second wedge into corner and then repeat process on the other corner braces.


Canvas Stretching


Learn the proper way to stretch a canvas.  Take control of your paintings by controlling the size of your work.

Visit the canvas stretching step-by-step tutorial now!


Canvas painting features

Transferring an image onto any surface
Painting over gesso surfaces.
If I paint a mural, then move in the future, should I paint the mural on canvas instead of directly on the wall?
How do you apply canvas to the wall?
Mounting canvas on the wall to create a wall painting.

Custom size? Over sized canvases needed?

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Liquitex Basics Gesso

Formulated to produce a smooth, absorbent, finely textured ground for painting on most porous surfaces.

16 oz jar $ 4.90
64 oz bucket $12.92


Jack Richeson Iron Canvas Pliers 8 1/4 in. iron canvas pliers

Jack Richeson
Iron Canvas Pliers

Grips canvas tight for a professional quality stretched canvas. 3 1/2 in. jaws are designed to be gentle on fabric. Overall length is 8 1/4 in., made of iron.

$ 9.11


artSparx Book special


The Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques

The Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques

Since 1940, when it was originally published, The Artist's Handbook has become indispensable for thousands of practicing artists and art students. The book has remained continually in print through many editions and has sold more than a quarter of a million copies. A detailed index makes a wealth of information readily available. Charts and line drawings throughout.

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