When Should You Use Stretched Or Unstretched Canvas?

When you paint on unstretched canvas, several things can influence the way it looks once complete and when it’s hung on your wall. One such factor is whether or not the canvas is stretched, which can have a big impact on how a painting looks and feels. A stretched canvas is typically one that’s been shaped by having it wrapped around wooden bars (stretcher bars) to create an artistic frame for the painting. It’s a common way of framing canvas and is often used by professional artists who want to present their work more appealingly.

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While a stretched canvas is great for showing off your art, there are times when not stretching it might be a better option. For example, maybe you want to try out a new technique or paint on a small canvas and don’t feel ready to spend the time and money to stretch it right away. Or maybe you’re not sure the painting is going to turn out the way you want it to and would rather not spend a lot of time trying to fix it if it doesn’t work out.

Of course, it’s possible to hang a rolled canvas on your wall as-is, though this can be somewhat dangerous. You need to take care to tape it or pin it securely to the wall and ensure that there’s no moisture coming into contact with it. Alternatively, you can add it to a proper frame or mount it on a hardboard panel.

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