Paintings can either be framed or left unframed. The choice is yours.
Stretched canvas can be either wired from the wood stretchers or installed by resting the top stretcher on two screws jutting from the wall. The painting will rest flush against the wall with the latter method.
Canvas Board or Masonite
Methods for installing canvas board or masonite:
- The simplest and most cost effective, though not always aesthetically pleasing, would be installing with L-nails. This requires no framing. Tip: Do not use L-nails for heavy works. Always find out what type of wall you are installing upon. Walls made of sheet rock cannot be assured to hold moderately heavy work. This method is best for walls made of plywood, or a sheet rocked wall with a plywood support.
- Canvas board or masonite can also be backed by a wooden cradle on the reverse by using a 1”x2” or 1”x3” piece of wood. Corners are usually mitered. (Miters are cuts at 45 degree angles.) Remember to maintain corners at 90 degrees! Works in this method can be installed with wire or again, rested on two nails from the top support. The piece will rest flush against the wall with this method. Reinforce all supports and corners with wood glue and brad nails, not screws. Tip: Panel should be cradled as the first step before painting)
- Cleats are another method of supporting artwork from behind. “Cleats” are a 2×4 or a 1×3 cut lengthwise in the center at a 45 degree angle. The bottom portion is adhered to the artwork and the top part is screwed into the wall (pre-drill 2 holes first. It will help with installation.) A third piece is adhered close to the bottom center of the work so the work will remain parallel to the wall.
Remember, any board can warp over time. By securing the back, warping is minimized.