Displaying Silkpaintings:


Canvas Wrapping and Framing

Silks display well when they are immediately in front of a light background. Wrapping them around canvasses works well, as does placing them inside a frame with a white backing immediately behind them. In order to wrap a silk around a canvas, obtain a canvas 2-3 inches smaller in each direction than the silk you wish to frame. I prefer to use flat-backed tacks to affix the silk to the wooden frame in the canvas; this more temporary measure, rather than stapling or nailing the silk to the canvas, allows for easy adjustment of the silk on the canvas.
Align the canvas over the silk image, then use the tacks to affix the corners of the silk to the back of the canvas. The silk that I use for my paintings has a front side and a back side - the front is more glossy and lustrous than the back. Make sure the glossy side faces outwards, and the more matte side presses up to the canvas. The silk should be lightly stretched, but not enough to create tension where the tacks pull - this can create "lines" in the silk due to the tension. Once the corners are affixed, place more tacks to hold the silk securely around the canvas. Make sure not to distort the image by warping the silk. The excess silk at the corners can be folded and tacked down as well; masking tape can hold loose folds of silk to the canvas frame.
To put a silk in the frame, use a white piece of cardboard as the backing (instead of a canvas). Use masking tape to affix the silk in place, instead of tacks. A secure line of tape around the edge of the silk, affixing it to the back of the cardboard, will be sufficient to hold the silk in place, especially once the cardboard backing with the silk artwork is pressed into the frame and held in place. Silks in frames look better without a protective glass layer on top, since the silk weaving has its own internal luster and reflectivity.