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Hanging canvas – in which we finally have art on the walls of our studio

When we originally designed the studio, we knew we needed lots of room for art. This is kind of a challenge in a wide open area like a former firetruck garage, so we decided to take advantage of our vertical space. Our original intent was to put a floating gallery between Aaron’s desk platform and the viewing room.

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Here’s an incredibly crude Photoshop rendition. The blue lines represent a tension system that would stretch from floor to ceiling and allow us to hang images. Once the platform and room were up we started to realize that things were going to feel really cramped.

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We also needed a solution to hide the printer and my desk (Apparently, you can put Heather in a corner.) Ideas abounded, but we were leaning toward some sort of wood screen. Drawn in (very poorly) in the image above. Yep, the brown and white stripes near the back of the room = screen.

After nixing the center gallery we realized that the canvas prints would serve as the perfect screen solution. Aaron got to work installing the system. This involved drilling a hole in the ceiling for a toggle bolt and installing the base plate.

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The floor got a similar treatment: hole, screw, plate.

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The wire is trimmed to length and tension is added with a spring. Hooks are slipped on to hold the prints.

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So this where we landed – prints as the screen and a few bonus prints hung near the stairwell, but I’ll get to that. First let’s drool over the pieces that went up on the wall.

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Hello gorgeous images, where have you been hiding all this time? Oh? What’s that? On the computer? That’s right.

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Hopefully this gives you a sense of the gallery feel that we’re after. These pictures make it look a touch stark, but it has a nice effect in person.

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Here you can see the gallery system at work near the stairwell. We wanted to add one more print to each stack, but we ran out of ink and time… and suddenly this looked like the perfect amount for now.

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The gallery system turned screen works perfectly… now if only the DIY elves would come out and paint that furnace room already…

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Yay for art! It really pushed the space from “I can see where you’re going, but this is pretty bare” to “Ooooh! It’s a photography studio. I get it.”

 

How to make wrapped canvas prints

In the flurry leading up to the open house, the top priority (besides fixing the fire pole) was getting some art hung in our studio. Canvas wrapped prints are our favorite way to show off our work, but even at photographer prices, they add up quick. When we made the move to St Louis and opened our first stand-alone studio, we invested in a large format printer that has more than paid for itself thanks to numerous prints (for us and for clients). Printing is just the first step, so Aaron put together a little tutorial on how to make wrapped canvas prints.

First miter cut 1 x 2 pieces of pine to create the stretcher bars.

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If you’re a perfectionist (which I say with love, because I am one as well), you can bevel the front edge so just 1/8″ of canvas touches the wood on the front of the frame, making for a nice sleek edge.

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Nail each frame together.

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Flip the print over (it’s good to have some Kraft paper down at this point to protect the image) and center the frame.

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Wrap and staple, starting with the long edge.

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A stretching tool will allow you to pull with one hand and staple with the other. Make the print as tight as possible.

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After the edges are stapled, fold and staple the corners.

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Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat (as necessary)

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For the back, cut Kraft paper so that you have some overlap then attach it with hot glue.

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Run an edge cutting tool set to 1/8″ along the side of the print to get a perfect edge.

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Then add hanging hardware.

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So, is this just a photographer skill or have any DIYers out there been dying to know how to stretch canvas prints?