How to Put Those Little Wooden Things in a Canvas

Do some of your canvases come with a little bag of wooden wedges? Ever wondered what those are for and how to use them. Here Annemarie shows you how to install these wooden pegs into your canvas frames to tighten the canvas.  Called stretcher keys, they can help to tighten up a slightly loose canvas and make it really firm. Perfect for the additional paint we add during the pouring process.

If your canvases don’t have them, you can get these in the Acrylic Pouring Store here:

She also enthuses about the DecoArt Triple Thick glaze which she has recently been converted to using. It certainly creates a beautiful finish to your art, and if you apply several thicker coats, can even give a resin like shine and finish, but with all the flexible benefits of an acrylic varnish.



After being told in high school that she was so bad at art that she should switch to another subject, Deby didn’t paint again for 35 years. Then a stroke released a new wave of creativity and she began exploring with dot painting, abstract and eventually acrylic pouring, and at last the joy of working with color returned.

You don’t need ‘talent’ to be an acrylic pouring artist – just enthusiasm, some basic instruction, and a willingness to try, fail and try again. Paint along with her and learn from her many mistakes, and you’ll soon make great art together.


  1. I just got these in my canvasses this morning wasn’t sure what to do with them. Thank you for the information. What is best way to pack and ship your paintings.
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Pam I have a video coming out very soon about how I pack my paintings to send them in the mail. Get on the mailing list if you aren’t already, so you won’t miss it.

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