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How To Hang Canvas Panels

A question I get fairly often is “how do I hang canvas panels?”.

As an artist specializing in animal art and pet portraits, I understand the importance of presenting our creations in the best possible light.

Most of my pet portraits and original acrylic paintings are painted on canvas panels, also called canvas boards. I really like canvas panels because they offer incredible versatility.

So, let’s dive into the art of hanging canvas panels, exploring the possibilities of both framed and unframed displays.

Hanging Options: Framed or Unframed

When it comes to hanging canvas panels, one of the first decisions to make is whether you want to go for a framed or unframed look. Each option has its unique charm and can significantly impact the overall aesthetic of your artwork.

Hanging an unframed canvas panel allows the raw beauty of the artwork to take center stage. The exposed edges and texture of the canvas create a contemporary and modern vibe. This style works exceptionally well for artwork with bold and expressive brushstrokes, adding a touch of artistic authenticity to any space. Plus, going unframed is a fantastic option for those who prefer a minimalist approach, as it keeps the focus solely on the artwork itself.

On the other hand, framing your canvas panel provide a polished and finished appearance, elevating the overall presentation of your artwork. It offers protection for the canvas, shielding it from potential damage and ensuring its longevity. Moreover, a well-chosen frame can complement your artwork and enhance its visual impact. Whether you opt for a sleek and modern frame or a more ornate and traditional one, framing allows you to customize the look to suit your personal taste and the surrounding decor.

Ultimately, the decision between framed and unframed comes down to your artistic vision and the style you want to convey.

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How To Hang Canvas Panels with No Frame

Here’s a simple 3 steps guide to help you showcase your unframed canvas panel masterpiece:

  1. Choose the right spot. Consider factors such as lighting, wall color, and the overall aesthetic you want to achieve. Lightly mark the spot on the wall using a pencil or painter’s tape.
  2. Hanging hardware. Assess the weight of your canvas panel. For smaller and lighter pieces, adhesive hooks or picture-hanging strips can provide a secure hold without damaging the wall. Most canvas panels are light enough for this. For larger or heavier artwork, use appropriate wall hooks or anchors that can support the weight. Ensure the hardware is compatible with your wall type (drywall, plaster, etc.).
  3. Ready, set, hang. Lift the panel and carefully position it on the wall, aligning it with the marked spot. Apply gentle pressure to ensure it adheres securely to the hooks or strips. If using nails or screws, insert them through the back of the canvas, angling slightly upward to provide extra stability.

There’s nothing easier than to hang canvas panels – aka canvas boards – unframed.

How To Frame a Canvas Panel

Here’s a step-by-step guide to framing your canvas panels:

  1. Measure and prepare: Measure the dimensions of your canvas panel, including its height, width, and depth. Once you have the measurements, purchase a frame that matches or slightly exceeds the size of your canvas panel.
  2. Select the right frame. Look for frames specifically designed for canvas panels, which typically have a deeper profile to accommodate the thickness of the canvas. Standard photo frames also work great if you take the glass off.
  3. Disassemble the frame. Separate the individual components: the frame molding, the backing board, and the glass or acrylic cover, if included.
  4. Place the canvas in the frame. Lay your canvas panel onto the frame’s backing board. Ensure it is centered and straight. Carefully attach the canvas panel to the backing board using staples, tape, or adhesive.
  5. Reassemble the frame. Carefully place the glass or acrylic cover (if using) over the artwork. Secure it in place according to the frame’s instructions. Finally, attach the frame molding.
  6. Hang and enjoy. Follow the hanging techniques mentioned in the previous section to ensure a level and secure display. Step back and admire your framed artwork.

Conclusion: Easy and Satisfying Displays

Hanging canvas panels, whether framed or unframed, is a pretty straightforward and easy process. With just a few tools and a bit of attention to detail, you can confidently exhibit your art and bring your walls to life. Whether you choose a minimalist unframed style or a more refined framed look, the choice is yours to make.

I personally love leaving mines unframed. I use a couple picture-hanging strips, eyeball it, and done! It’s hanging beautifully!

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