This week email question for our “Art Only Spoken Here” column asks, “I am going to enter a contest for the first time and I have to bring my painting to it and have it ready to hang. Are there any special things I should do for this?”
The first thing to do is to make sure your hands are clean so you do not leave any marks on a canvas in the event you are getting a canvas ready to move.
In the event it is a watercolor make sure your frame and glass is clean. Should it be a watercolor or any kind of art in a frame then it looks more professional to have the back of the work covered with craft paper and use the light brown kind.
All exhibitions I have ever entered will not except any hanging works of art with the little saw tooth hangers on them. They must have eye screws on them and regular picture wire securely attached to each eye screw. First place an eye screw into each side of your canvas frame or picture frame at the height of about 1/3 down from the top of the picture.
A secret to attaching the wire is to loop it twice in each eye screw before twisting it back unto itself on the first eye screw then bring your wire across tightly to the other eye screw and do the same thing by threading it twice though the eye screw before wrapping it around the taut wire.
In the event your painting happens to be a large work in a frame with glass you need to check and see whether or not the exhibition will accept float glass or not. Usually large pieces require Plexiglas.
It is an important, but a simple task which many people seem to screw up in plain English and that is to absolutely read all the instructions sent to you for the exhibition.
When you fill out the form and the duplicate boxes that are usually required to be sent in with your entrance fee make sure you use legible handwriting and I suggest printing.
Also adhere your labeling tag in the correct area on the back of your painting where indicated in the exhibition’s rules and I suggest not using scotch tape especially little pieces of it. I usually use a wide strip of clear packing or strapping tape which will take a lot of movement.
Last but not least, make sure your vehicle is clear of any objects that might pierce or break your painting in the drive over and be on time.
May the Creative Force be with you