Hanging Art

Did you know where you hang your art is very important?  Painted canvas and paper are very delicate.  Original art is easily effected by humidity, temperature and changes in weather.  So where should you hang or store your art investments to preserve and protect them?  Here are a few guidelines –


  • Near a window
  • In a draft
  • In the sunlight
  • On an exterior wall of your home
  • High on a wall (heat collects there)
  • In a closet
  • In a bathroom
  • In the kitchen
  • In the basement or cellar
  • In an attic
  • In an outdoor shed
  • In a storage room without temperature controls

Where should you hang your art?

  • In the living room, den, or bedroom (where temperature is controlled)
  • At eye level
  • On an interior wall
  • Hang it straight!  Hang the wire on 2 hooks placed 6″ – 12″ apart.

Where should you store your art?

  • In temperature controlled storage
  • A large closet with air flow
  • Remember never to lean anything on the canvas of a painting, it will make a dent.

Hope this helps you preserve your art investments.  If you have any questions, just comment.



Here are a few facts about framing a painting on canvas –

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This is a ‘gallery-wrap’ canvas. The canvas wraps around the sides so it doesn’t need to be framed, in fact a frame will scratch the painted edges.  This style canvas can be easily damaged if not properly cared for.

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The back of a ‘gallery-wrap’ canvas. A hanging wire is threaded thru a screw-eye and twisted tight, then the sharp ends are covered with tape.

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This is a regular canvas. It needs a frame to cover the staples and finish the painting. 

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The back of a framed painting, ready to hang on your wall. Notice the painting is thicker than the frame, so offset-clips are used to hold the painting in place.

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!

Think you can frame a painting yourself?  Find all the supplies at you’ll need at Jerry’s Artarama

You can see some of my paintings for sale at HillviewArt

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Matting, Framing, what?

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Tips on Framing Artwork on Paper

Do you own any artwork on paper?  Drawings, prints, watercolors, and collages are generally done on paper.  Paper is very delicate and hard to clean, dust, or repair.  Paper is also easy to damage, it can be torn, get moist, or have something spilled on it.  You don’t want anything bad to happen to your art now, do you?  Well, put it in a frame today!

To protect art on paper,  it should be framed under glass but not touching the glass. If the glass touches the artwork, you may have problems with mildew or condensation.  That’s why you’ll need a mat surrounding the artwork.  A mat is an acid-free board, usually colored on one side, with a window cut in it to surround the image and keep it a tiny bit away from the glass. You can purchase cut mats individually or in a frame from most department stores or you can have one custom made at an arts & crafts store or frame shop.   The window in your mat should be big enough to show the entire piece of art, and sometimes a little more.  This occurs when a print is framed and a space is left around the print and the artist generally signs, titles and numbers the print under the artwork.  Many artists will sell prints with a mat.  Then you just have to get a frame to fit and match your decor.

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Matted Pencil Drawing

Matted and Framed pencil drawing

Matted and Framed pencil drawing

I hope I’ve cleared up the mystery of what to do with that drawing you bought last week.

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Thanks for reading, now go look at some art!  Its good for you!




Is your painting gathering dust?

Do you have an oil painting that’s covered with dust and/or light dirt?  Even in the cleanest homes, a painting can accumulate dust.  If its an old painting you may want to take it to an art restorer, but for light housecleaning here’s what to do:

Gather the items you’ll need –

  1. Soft Brush – You will need a very soft brush.  An old shaving cream brush, a baby toothbrush or baby hairbrush will do fine.  I found a duster at Dollar General that is like a long haired shaving brush.
  2. Soft bread – This needs to be the doughiest white bread you have.   Sourdough bread, French or Italian bread, or even the inside of a bagel will work.
  3.  Towel – lay your painting on a soft, clean surface, like a towel.

Now we’re ready to start cleaning –

Using your soft brush, gently brush the dirt off.  Don’t apply pressure to the canvas, you don’t want to dent, stretch, scratch or warp it.

Now take your piece of white bread and tear out a piece from the middle.  Use this piece to gently brush and dab the dirt off your painting. Just barely brush the painting in small areas using very little or no pressure.

You should brush dust and dirt off your paintings as described once every 3 months for regular cleaning.


I recently came across an old painting that I hadn’t finished.  I’d like to finish it but its covered with dust, so I’ll clean it off in the way I described above as an example for you.