Often when I don’t have a set plan for a painting I’ll work with large canvas pad/watercolor paper as it is much more affordable than pre-stretched canvas yet still very durable. As the artworks are flat, they can be easily framed, but this time I decided to try something different and mount it on an old used canvas I had laying around. Mounting artwork to canvas can be rather affordable, all you need is a drawing or poster, one canvas and some spray glue.
The drawing was done on a large piece of canvas paper, sketched out quickly with a pencil, and painted with acrylic paint.
Here is the painting all done with bold red, yellow and a purple-black colour for the shoes. As I was planning on mounting the artwork I decided to work on the ground with plastic drop sheet, as the drop sheet was later used to protect the floors from the spray glue. Now you might be asking yourself, why didn’t I just paint on the canvas to begin with? While it is possible to paint a new painting directly on top of an old one on canvas, this only truly works if the first painting is completely flat, otherwise you would have to try to sand down the paint to get a smooth surface. As such typically I use paper for planning or just playing with paint and canvas for when I have a set painting in mind.
Once you have your drawing or poster that you want to mount you can either mount the image directly to the front of the canvas by spraying some spray glue, or you can wrap the artwork around the edge of the canvas if your image is a few inches larger than the canvas. To have gallery wrapped edges simply cut a small diagonal cut at the four corners and wrap the picture around the edges of the canvas as you would wrap a present. When doing the wrapped edges you may need to use additional mounting tape, duct tape, or a staple gun to hold the artwork in the back depending on the strength of the spray glue. As it is the back of the canvas don’t worry about how messy the staples or tape looks as no one will see it.
After everything was done the artwork was hung on the wall and the best part is the project didn’t cost me anything to do as I just used an old canvas to attach my painting too. If you are looking for an affordable canvas, I suggest stocking up at art and craft stores that often sell canvas in bulk, for around $20 for 5 16×20″ canvases.