I wanted to work really BIG for my upcoming artwork series, but I didn't know how to do this with my limited means and limited space. I want to work really BIG like I did in either of my degree programs, when I had studio space and could staple big canvases right to the wall. I looked into stretcher bars, but for a 3' x 4' canvas it would cost about $100 just for one! That's wayyyyy too much. I thought about getting a big board at someplace like Lowe's and stapling canvas to it, but how to transport it? And what if it sags while leaning against the wall? I have a big heavy drawing board that is 2' x 3' - a little small and it's too heavy to balance on my easel.
So, what to do?
Well, DUH just tape the canvas right to the wall.
And, what do you know? It worked! The canvas buckled a little bit while drying, but I was able to pull it back and tape it. The canvas is buckled a bit along those edges, but WHO CARES. I can work BIG!
I took a bunch of photos as I gessoed the canvas and I made them into a .gif - watch it here.