I’m always being asked by people what’s the best way to present your artwork. Well, to be honest, there is no one answer to that. The good news is that there are many possibilities available and you just have to pick the one that best suits your needs.
I have traditionally backed, mounted and framed my paintings behind glass but more recently(in the past couple of years) I have begun to offer hand embellished silk prints gallery wrapped on chunky canvas frames. This has the added advantage of being really touchy, feely. The painting has all the characteristics of silk and at the same time is easy to hang up and look after.
Another great advantage for me is that they are easier to send through the post. The glass makes the painting much more vulnerable in your home as there is always the risk of it breaking. And the painting is so much lighter when there is no glass. But again, it totally depends on what effect you want to achieve.
One thing I advise people to watch out for is hanging your silk against a dark background. Any darkness will soak up the light and make your painting appear much darker than it really is. That is why you should hang banners against a light-coloured wall or indeed back them with a piece of white cotton or the like to reflect as much light as possible.
And that brings me to yet another advantage of the gallery wrapped silk paintings. They are
attached to the white canvas which is just perfect for bringing out the best in your vibrant silk dyes. Don’t be tempted to skip a stage and just attach your silk to a wooden frame with nothing behind the silk. I always advise to just invest in a ready artist’s canvas and stretch the silk over that. The results speak for themselves and you’ll be glad that you did.
But now I’ve started to gallery wrap my handpainted silks, too, not just the embellished prints. Today I completed one of my small vesica pisces silk pictures and gallery wrapped it around an artist’s canvas. It’s actually rectangular, not square, for a change. I like the look it has and it’s a very interesting alternative to the usual framed version which is a bit smaller. I think I’ll be experimenting with a few more like this in the weeks to come but I must admit that I’m not a ‘natural’ with the stapler. I’ve put an electric stapler onto my shopping list as I heard from a very lovely silk painting friend that it saves a lot of hassle. I’ll be sure to keep you posted as to how I get on.
Oh, and I nearly forgot. For those of you who would like to have a go at stretching your silk pictures on artist’s frames, have a look at my tutorial on this blog: How to stretch your silk painting on a canvas frame... It might make things a bit easier for you if you haven’t tried it out before. Good luck.