How to stretch a canvas and set up for oil paints

Canvas stretching
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Our guide will teach you how to stretch a canvas and set up for oil paints. Stretching your own canvas can save you a lot of money versus buying one pre set up. Though learning how to do it isn't too tricky, it does take some practice to do it consistently well. You'll need a good pair of canvas pliers and an electric or pneumatic stapler to get consistent quality results, so be sure to explore your options.

For more on oil painting, here are the best oil paint supplies you need to know about, plus the best oil paints to work with. And for more general art material guidance, see our best art supplies guide.

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Howard has worked in the video game industry as a concept artist and art director. He has also freelanced on properties like Magic: the Gathering and Warcraft, as well as a fine artist for galleries.