Saturday, July 17, 2010

How to stretch your linen canvas without using a gun...( a staple gun is actually a gun)...

Itizen Code on Back of Work in Progress to track history & methodology


Video: about 36 Megabytes, 5 works of art by me, Sari Grove, that I have submitted by CD to the OSA for jurying into membership...Of course, if selected, I have to bring the originals in person for confirmation of interest...The deadline for the first part of the process is Sept. 10, 2010...I FedEx-ed my application which arrived at 11:21 am on Friday July 16, 2010...(I checked with National Mailbox at 33 Hazelton avenue who handled the printing of the c.v., the packing, the delivery & the logistical questions...)

Day One...
1) belgian linen 10 weight curry's roll around 52 inches by 3 yards or something...enough for two 36 by 48 inch canvases with to spare.
2)stretcher bars rex art 36 times 2, 48 times two, one cross bar 36 inch for support. thickness 2 and one half inch deep edge.
3) cane tip rubber for metal hammer aisle 19 canadian tire, put on both ends of hammer to make it a rubber mallet.
4) stick stretcher bars together. hit gently with hammer. wait a day. hit gently again. wait a day. hit gently again. leave it alone. from dry to humid it will swell on its own, don't obsess over straightness.
5)get aluminmum I mean aluminum gold brand tree nails from B.C. at Canadian tire, the ones with a big head and stumpy. a long as a thumbnail and bit.
6) put linen under stretcher bar frame. cut with plenty of extra. only cut one edge to get a whole piece. henckel kitchen scissors $29.99 come with bottle cap opener & jar grip. the better the scissor the easier on your hands. use scissors in kitchen for the rest of the time. your husband will like them too.
7)take rubber cane tip off hammer head & gently nail in one aluminum nail at middle of one long edge.(do not hammer in all the way, just enough to hold linen)...

Second Session ...
8)hammer another half way in on other side of long edge.
9) do hospital corners on one corner gently & hammer another nail in halfway to lock in the corner folds.
10) do another hospital corner on the last edge, hammer nail in halfway too...
11) go away & wait a day at least for linen to find itself ...
12) come back with steel carpet upholstery tacks, they are black & in a little tiny box in the picture hanging stuff section of canadian Tire at Yonge Bloor location.
13)go to your work & remove one half stuck nail with back of hammer...(long edge one in middle.)
14)pull linen tighter, use same hole & insert carpet tack through linen into old hole...hammer a little in to all the way...
15)put one more carpet tack on right of that one...put another on left of that one.Now you have three carpet tacks in middle of long edge.
16) turn or go to other side. do same thing. remove halfway in nail, pull linen tighter, stick in one carpet tack in old hole with thumb, push, then hammer all the way...then add two more, one on either side...
17) go to middle of short side. pull linen tight. insert one tack in middle, one right one left.
18) go to middle of other side. do same thing. one in middle, one on right, one on left.
19) if you are ambidextrous, use your left hand when your right hand gets tired.
20) once 12 (3 times 4 sides) carpet tacks are in. go away. let linen find itself. leave corner nails in...
21)not there yet...wear oakley clear dartboard sunglasses to work. available still on ebay.ca

next day third session...22)Go to your already hammered in carpet tacks...Hammer another one in on the right of the already put in three...Hammer one in to the left of the already put in three...Keep alternating till you get closer to the corners, don't do the corners today...
23)Pick another side...Do the same thing, alternating placing carpet tacks, on far right, then on far left...If you have used enough linen then you should be able to grab it with your hands...The linen grabbing tool is not necessary if you have left enough fabric all the way around...Plus, it is more fun to grab the linen with your hand...It feels nice...
24)Don't do the corners today...Go away & let your hands & arms rest...If you are ambidextrous, switch hammering between left & right hand to ease fatigue...If you are not ambidextrous, try it anyway...It is a skill that can be learned with time...I can eat with chopsticks with my right & left hands now...I am a repressed lefty who went to Catholic-ish French school & was directed to use my right hand in grade one, without question of possible left favour...(I actually understood the why of this at that tender age so allowed them to teach me to be a righty...Leftys have alot of troubles in this world, so it is actually handy that I was taught right hand dominant...)(Now, I am leaning ambi, since left things are more possible & safer now that I am old...)(43)...

Ok, 25) Above pic is where I began today...a)Notice:small box of black steel carpet tacks, b)small metal hammer with rubber cane tips on both ends, easily removed for hammering in tacks, leave on for safety the rest of the time, c)stumpy large head B.C. aluminum nails temporarily holding hospital corners down, d)baking soda to absorb studio smell e)fan is blowing in background outside of pic f)linen generously cut to allow for grabbing with hand g)some carpet tacks already in all 4 sides g)two tables set up with gap in between to allow for free flow of air, artist, janitor, & to lift & move canvas easily to get at all sides...i)am wearing oakley dartboard clear glasses j)I am hammering with both hands to ease tension
26)Job well done, I finished all sides including corners this afternoon 4:25 pm Mon. July 19, 2010...Total time of putting together stretcher bars, plus cutting linen, plus stretching...about two weeks...including rest periods in between each little tiny stage...Now...on to sizing...(putting a gluey coat to protect linen before painting in oils...)

HERE IS THE FINISHED STRETCHED LINEN ON REX ART TWO & A QUARTER INCH DEEP STRETCHER BARS WHICH ARE 36 INCHES BY 48 INCHES (YOU NEED TWO BARS OF EACH) KILN DRIED FLORIDA PINE, STRETCHED WITHOUT USING A STAPLE OR NAIL GUN, INSTEAD STEEL BLACK CARPET UPHOLSTERY TACKS, A HAMMER, A RUBBER CANE TIP (TO MAKE A HAMMER A MALLET), ALUMINUM GOLD LARGE HEADED NAILS FROM B.C. (TO HOLD DOWN THE HOSPITAL CORNERS WHILE YOU HAMMER IN THE CARPET TACKS) & SEVERAL DAYS IN BETWEEN STRETCHES TO ALLOW THE LINEN & THE WOOD TO ADJUST TO THE TENSION...


Conversation: Them: " Your work inspires me so much, I am going to go home & paint & be an artist..." Me:" I guess that means you won't be buying the painting today?"

Thought: The same person who gives you progesterone birth control should be able to give you the method to remove it from your body...