Do It Yourself — Customizing Your Own Gallery Wrap Stretcher Frames

Gallery wrapped paintings, in which the canvas of the work is wrapped around the stretcher bar frame and secured to the back, are a great option for both artist and art lover.

Gallery wrapped paintings look especially fine on larger works, where a frame can be distracting. Cadence, oil painting by Steve Henderson, 30 x 40.
Gallery wrapped paintings look especially fine on larger
works, where a frame can be distracting. Cadence,
oil painting by Steve Henderson, 30 x 40.

For the artist, a gallery wrapped painting means that there is no need to purchase a frame for the oil painting, as it hangs beautifully on its own as a self-contained unit.

For the art collector, gallery wrapped paintings are versatile to just about any decor, and there is no concern about matching, or not matching, frames within a room or office.

It's one of those win-win situations that makes everyone happy, and when the artist is a Do It Yourself creator of his own stretched canvases over stretcher bar frames, then customizing that creation to handle gallery wrap is just another step in the process.

Earlier in this series, we looked at Creating Your Own Stretched Canvases. The second article in this series addresses, step by step, the process of creating stretcher bar frames, using purchased stretcher bars.

Today, Steve's step by step video addresses how to create and customize your own gallery wrap bars. Now this particular process will find you, or someone you know, in the workshop with some power tools (and the necessary safety equipment to make sure that you do this, well, safely), but if you are not a woodworker yourself, don't despair. Watch the video to get an overview of how the custom frames are built, then share it with a woodworker friend.

If you like gallery wrap, and plan to do a lot of it, and would like the freedom to create paintings in customizable sizes, then consider taking the time and riding the learning curve until the process becomes just a (pleasurable) part of the day's work.

–Carolyn

 

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