Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Wet Canvas Carrier

I'm not sure I'll have the opportunity to use this little trick for carrying wet canvases Virginia Vaughan taught me but it is brilliant. She devised it when she was traveling and didn't have her wet canvas carrier with her.

It's kind of like that old TV show MacGyver. You know, where Mac cleverly escapes the villains by using whatever he had in his pocket, usually his Swiss Army knife, a piece of chewing gum and well you get the idea. I don't know if Virginia had her Swiss Army knife but she did have a blank canvas, clips and some rubber bands.
First you put the clips on all four corners of your painting.

Then you place a blank canvas, face down over the wet canvas. It rests nicely on the clips. I didn't unwrap my canvas for this demonstration but it doesn't have to be wrapped. I would imagine even another dry painting would work well too.

Then you secure the canvases together with rubber bands.

And there you have it a wet canvas carrier - thanks Virginia!


Susan Carlin said...

Karen! Thank you for showing this nifty trick! When you mentioned it before, I was picturing both canvases getting clips and then rubberbanding the clips together, vs. around the canvases. The way you show it would save on clips and work for small panels just fine. Thanks again!

Karen Hargett said...

Hi Susan - this would probably work on larger canvases too - just put more clips around the edges instead of just the corners and secure it with tape instead of rubberbands.

Pattie Wall said...

Thanks for showing us what you were chatting about last week on Susan's show. I get it now. What a great idea! And I know just where those "bulldog" clips are. You have a lot of really nice paintings! Thanks for your nice comment, too! See ya next Sunday!

Karen Hargett said...

Hi Pattie. Bulldog clips - I haven't been able to remember the names of them - thanks for reminding me. Thanks for taking a look at my paintings - glad you like them. See you Sunday.