Here are a few facts about framing a painting on canvas –
Guidelines to keep your painting safe –
- Don’t lean the canvas on anything! It will leave a dent that is very difficult to remove.
- Frame your paintings in open-backed frames for protection.
- Don’t store in the attic or shed! Keep your art in a stable environment.
- Don’t cover it up! Canvas expands and contracts with temperature and humidity changes so the back of a painting should not be covered, let it breath.
- Don’t let it grow mold! For protection in dusty places the back can be covered with brown paper but corners should be left open to allow some air flow.
- Don’t touch! Oil paintings can take years to dry with exposure to oxygen in a slow chemical process. A painting may feel dry to the touch but the layers underneath can still be wet. They say some of VanGogh’s paintings are still drying because he applied the paint in such thick strokes.
- Hang it straight! Paintings are hung on the wall from a wire attached to the back of the canvas. Instead of hanging this wire from one hook on the wall, hang it from 2 hooks placed 6″ – 12″ apart.
- Enjoy looking at your art a few minutes every day! Its stress relieving, and you did hang it on your wall because you enjoy looking at it, right?
Now that your know how to protect your investment, go buy a painting today!
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