Being an artist can be an expensive business. Aside from having to continuously shell out effort in the form of powerful imagination and creative skill, you will also need the money to support your art—as paintings require a lot of supplies to finish, supplies that can cost a bundle of money. This can be especially disheartening if you are inspired to paint and create, but your budget will just not cut some of the supplies. Fortunately, you can cut down on the cost of art supplies by putting that creative and imaginative mind of yours to work. This article will focus on aiding you in preparing your own home-made canvas, because to be totally honest, a canvas is often far more expensive than what it should be really worth. In fact, if you buy the items separately and build it yourself, you will end up with a canvas that works just as well as the one you might have had to buy, and it will cost you so much less, making it the ideal choice for artists who have a tight budget—of course, you need to work a little to make your canvas. Purchasing it can be easier, but you sacrifice money for comfort. It does not even take much effort to build a canvas to begin with, so it is the ideal choice.
- Gather the materials you need for this project. First and foremost are the materials and tools. For this project you will need a board of plywood (about an inch thick), some white canvas material, a staple gun, a hammer and some nails, spray adhesive, a circular saw, and some trimmed wooden pieces (about half an inch thick). All of these items can be acquired easily; you just have to know where to look.
- Shape your board and attach the canvas material. How you shape the plywood will depend on your imagination and the type of board you want—simply make sure that it is the shape you really want or you will have to get a new board if ever you get second thoughts and you had already done the deed. The next thing would be to cut out a large part of the canvas material, which should practically be the same size as your board (though it should be just a little bigger in all sides), and attaching the material to the wood through the use of your adhesive spray. Once it has been attached, gently pull the excess material over the edges of the plywood and to its back—and finally, using your staple gun, staple the material in for good.
- Make your new canvas a little easier to put in display. The final part of the process is simple; just use your hammer to nail the trimmed wooden pieces onto your canvas so that it is much easier to put in display in your home or if you play your cards right—in an art gallery.
It really is as simple as that. Now that you have followed all of the steps and made your own canvas, chances are now you would want to make one every time you wish to paint, which is a good thing as it is very satisfying to know that everything about your painting was made with your own two hands—even the canvas.