Need help with hanging canvas


Old 01-03-02, 09:16 AM
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Need help with hanging canvas

I have a question that i'm hoping someone can help me with. Oh, BTW, i'm new here!

I saw a project on the Christoper Lowell show that I am about to undertake. It is painting a mural on a canvas that will be attached to a ceiling. On the show, he hung it on a dining room ceiling which was perfectly rectangular. I am going to be hanging mine on a bathroom ceiling which is almost like an L shape.
The question I have is exactly how to hang this? I need it hung very close to the ceiling since I have light fixtures and vents that will have to go overtop of the canvas and sit as flush to the ceiling as possible. I also dont want it drooping in the middle of the room, so I think I need it taught so it stays straight.

I have been thinking about the ideas of having very thin strips of wood (like plywood?) framed around the perimeter of the room that I can stretch the canvas over and attach to the ceiling with screws, but i'm not sure if that would work or not. The only other alternative that I can think of is to attach the edges of the canvas itself to the ceiling, but im not sure how. This is about 10-12 ft up in the air and has to stay pretty secure. I guess also after I get all the paint on it, it might be a little heavy. The canvas is about 12ft long by about 5 ft wide so its pretty large.

Does anyone with experience in home projects have any advice for me? I didn't know exactly which forum to post this on, so i'm hoping this is the right one. Thanks to anyone that can help. I want to get this up as soon as possible so I can start on the rest of my bathroom project.
Old 03-27-02, 11:57 AM
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You're right, I'm not sure which forum you would put this on either! That said, this is going to be a problem. Canvas is heavy, even the "lightweight" cotton canvas. Some of the heavier linen canvases are even heavier before you paint on them. You could probably build several stretcher frames out of 1x2's to fit the area, put the canvas on, do your painting, and then mount those using something like 2.5" drywall screws. Trying to put up canvas overhead, and taut in an area this large sounds like an exercise in extreme frustration to me. It's hard enough getting the stuff just right on an artist's canvas! Bear in mind that any canvas over about 2' has a support bar to help keep the canvas taut, and the lightweight stretchers from bowing. You would only lose about 3/4" of headspace using this method.

Something else you might want to consider/reconsider is that once you have covered the canvas in paint (acrylic, I assume) you've in effect created a plastic vapor barrier and I can't imagine that this would be a Good Thing for the bathroom ceiling.

You could always of course, just do the Michaelangelo thing and paint on the ceiling!

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