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Many artists choose to stretch their own canvases because it is much, much cheaper than purchasing a stretched canvas or having someone else do it for you. For stretching your own canvas you will need something called stretcher bars. You will need four stretcher bars to stretch your canvas. If you purchase two different sizes of bars you can make a shape other than a square for your canvas. You may also need the assistance of a friend with muscles to help you stretch the canvas if you don't have a lot of body strength. You can also make your own canvas stretchers. Look on the Internet for a how to on this project!