Once the first layer of your paper canvas is dry, you can prepare the next layer. Get your paper ready and spread the glue all over it with a soft brush (see glue recipe and paper specifications in the blog “Paper Canvas Making: Part 1”).
Make sure the paper is laid evenly over the first layer.
Once the paper is straightened on the wooden frame, use your hands to press the rest of the paper around the edges of the wooden frame.
Continue pressing the paper all the way around the edges.
Make sure to press the paper along the entire wooden frame, front and back.
If there are any bubbles under the paper, pass a soft brush over the canvas (as if you were gently sweeping) and brush them out.
Then, “beat” the paper with a stiff bristle brush so that the top glue-covered layer of paper really sticks to the dry layer underneath.
Remember to brush-pummel extremely carefully after you have added the second layer of paper so as not to make a hole because the canvas isn’t yet that sturdy.
By “hitting” the paper you ensure that the top glue-covered layer is firmly attached to the dry paper underneath, especially where there is the wooden frame. As you add more layers, the canvas becomes thicker and you can wallop the paper a bit harder.
Brush-pummel the paper situated on the edges of the wooden frame too.
To further attach the paper, turn the frame over and brush-pummel the inner section of the paper within the wooden frame.
Then, let the paper dry in an airy space or outside in the sunshine. It is important that the layer of paper you have just added dries completely before adding the next layer.
Look out for Part 4 - coming soon!