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What is the best method of hanging canvas on a wall to work on?

I’ve seen several videos and images of artists having their canvas stuck on the walls – paintings that they are currently working on.

I was wondering how they stick/place it on there?

These canvases are still unstretched and aren’t framed, like those in the background of this picture:

I’ve tried using sticky putty but it isn’t so effective when stuck on canvas. Also duck tape isn’t so effective.

Would appreciate any help, thanks!

Arts & Crafts Asked by Jose Antonio Reyes on August 25, 2021

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If you're working with a concrete wall, the best bet with minimal damage all around would be RebusB's suggestion on attaching it to a wood board. Stretch it prior to attaching so it's taught and staple down onto plywood - this will give you the flexibility of moving it from one place to another as you need and minimal damage to the concrete wall.

Answered by Romna Dolan on August 25, 2021

I use thumbtacks too, sometimes even just tape for small canvases. It is easiest to use prestreched, factory gessoed canvas, but you can also stretch the canvas on a temporary frame, gesso it and then unmount it and, relatively, paint on it loose, the gesso drying pretty much stiffens it and once you are done painting, you can stretch it very tight (though it is much harder to stretch a finished painting) as the paint is still flexible (I do it with oil paintings, it maybe different for other mediums or very thick paint) it will "adapt" and it won't crack on you or something. Do not apply varnishes before stretching.

Answered by Reed -SE is a Fish on Dry Land on August 25, 2021

Because the canvas will have to endure a lot of tension and movement, especially when you work with large and rough gestures, and because canvas consists of fibres and has a lot of texture, using tape or putty won't work. You need hardware.

In addition to Not The Face's answer, I suggest using thumbtacks.
Make sure to stretch the canvas as much as you can while attaching it to the wall, so it is as flat as possible, and you can work on it cleanly.

Also consider grounding the canvas after pinning it to the wall, so it will become even tighter.
In case you take this approach, staples or nails are more appropriate, as they have a stronger grip (depending, of course, on the length of the nails, staples, and thumb tacks, the method used to put them in the wall, and the material of the wall itself).

Answered by Joachim on August 25, 2021

Staple gun or hammering finishing nails to the wall. How will it be presented after completion?

Answered by Not The Face on August 25, 2021

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