“How can I mount the silk painting I’ve made?” is a frequent question I hear from many of you who contact me. So I’ve decided to post an article on it for everyone to benefit from.
Mounting your silk painting needn’t become a chore and I’m going to describe to you how to do this in a relatively quick way for a modern, funky look.
You have to first of all fix your silk by steam or iron, depending on what types of dyes you are using. If you have at least 2 or 3 centimetres of edge around your image, then you can go ahead with this method.
Get yourself one of those artist’s canvas frames. I prefer the chunky ones with a 3cm depth but any thickness will do. Lay the frame on a flat surface in front of you and lay the silk on top of that. Centre your artwork as best you can on the frame and then wrap the silk over the top edge and gently hold in place with a pin. Do this for the other 3 sides. When you have done this, carefully turn over your artwork.
Please make sure your work surface is clean as your silk will be lying on it. If you can, lay down a thin cloth for protection.
Now you can start to affix your silk to the back of the wooden frame. Begin at the bottom, the edge nearest to you. Work this way for a firmer finish. Hold the silk firmly and using an upholsterer’s stapler, staple the silk in place in the centre of the bottom. Repeat halfway along this edge to the left and right so you have a staple 1/4 of the way, 1/2 way and 3/4 along.
Do exactly the same for the other three sides, making sure you pull the silk firmly into place before stapling.
At each of the corners, fold the silk first to the left and then back to the right, tucking the extra silk underneath for a tidy finish. Staple in place.
You can now go around and put in extra staples in between the ones you have already placed, for extra hold. When this is complete, take a sharp Stanley knife (or similar utensil) and a long ruler. Hold the ruler in place to make a straight line and then cut along the silk, making a neat , tidy edge. Repeat for each side.
Et voila. Now your picture is reading for hanging. It has a very funky, contemporary look and is very versatile. All you need is one nail, two if you prefer.
If you know in advance you will be mounting your silk painting in this way, remember to include a wide border so that you can make a decent wraparound on the canvas frame.
Oh, yes and don’t leave the frame lying on the table when you are finished if there is a cat in the house. Ours has an antenna for silk and would love to snuggle down on a freshly completed piece of work. We just have to make sure she sleeps elsewhere.
I hope this has been of use to you and look forward to hearing how you got on with it.