And you thought that unwrapping a new canvas was simply tearing off the plastic. Think again!
Also in this blog post: Why you should NEVER sign your paintings on the wood supports.
Use the following 3 Easy Steps to unwrap a new canvas for a hassle free experience:
1. Label Your Plastic Bags
Using a Sharpie, write the size of the canvas on the plastic bag. By doing this easy and simple step, you will never have to search through a pile of unlabeled bags, wondering which bag is for which size. In this case, my canvas was 36" X 48".
2. Cut & Save
Cut the top of the bag and save the bag to store and transport your painting. This might seem like a silly thing to do, but trust me, finding bags for my paintings can be extremely difficult. Especially when my paintings are really big.
As a general rule, I refuse to store and transport my paintings in garbage bags. Something about this does not sit well with me. I would much rather use the same bag they came in.
3. Label the Back
Using a Sharpie, write down the size of the canvas on the back of the canvas. Again, this might seem silly, but when you've got 6, 8, 12 and 16 paintings on the go at the same time (in all different shapes and sizes) this trick becomes a huge time saver.
It sure beats taking out my measuring tape to measure my canvasses because I can't remember their size.
Label the back of your canvasses but NEVER on the wood supports. Think about it: If your painting is sold (or re-sold) and needs to be packaged to go overseas, what the buyer is going to do is separate the canvas from the wood supports, roll it up and stick it in a tube for shipping. If this happens, you've left all of that information on the part of the painting that is going straight to the garbage. This is also an important reason why you should NEVER sign your painting on the wood support. You don't want your signature to be separated from your work. Ever.
Read more on Signing Your Paintings.
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I am living proof.