At one of the last flea markets, I came across a man selling off his sister-in-law’s art supplies. She was an artist and had passed suddenly. At first I only bought the watercolor paper and a few brushes, but I took his name just in case. A few days thinking on it, I decided if I wanted to make it, I needed to invest in me. Part of that was investing in the supplies that I could use in experimentation.
See, I can freeze up some times. I think about how much each piece of paper costs and I don’t want to screw it up, leaving me worried to create. When your mind is blocked with worry, the flow is blocked too. Investing in the canvas boards and paints this man was selling off (at a significantly cheaper price) meant I could be open to mistakes. Those mistakes allow you to be open to grow.
The first painting I did on a canvas board turned out ok, but had a lot to be desired. And that’s ok. I can reuse that one down the road and even if I don’t, oh well.
These lemons are the second work and I LOVE them. They currently hang in my foyer, but are for sale in my Etsy shop.
I thought it would helpful to share how I hung these. I wanted to be able to hang them like you can traditional wrapped canvas, without a frame, but there is no hanging hardware on the boards to do that. What I came up with was to glue 3 wood blocks to the back. These can be easily found in craft and art stores. The top two blocks will need to be glued level to each other because after the glue dries you will screw small eye hooks into the inside of the blocks. The wire will then be strung on these eye hooks.
The third block is glued approximately in the middle of these 2 blocks at the bottom of the canvas board. Its purpose is only to keep the board level against the wall, as without it the bottom of the painting would lean at an angle.
That’s it. The hanging materials can be bought separately (eye hooks, wire, wall hanging hook…) or as a kit. I got mine at the art store, but craft stores, home stores and hardware stores would all carry these supplies.