The idea of using adhesive strips is a popular one, because it lets you hang a canvas print without the risk of damaging the wall or paint when you take the artwork off. This task might look simple enough, but following the instructions indicated on the packaging instead of mindlessly sticking your artwork on walls will actually make a big difference. So how is it done?
Prepare what you need:
- The canvas art
- Adhesive strips
- Spirit level (you can download an app on your smartphone or you can just trust your eyes and intuition)
- Clean cloth
- Isopropyl alcohol
One important thing to be considered is the type of wall surface you’ll be using these adhesive strips on. Do note that these may work on most surfaces but not on everything. It works well over stained or varnished wood, tile, glass (make sure it is not exposed to direct sunlight or water, otherwise you can use water-resistant adhesives that are especially made for these types of environment), drywall, wallboard or painted cinder block. It is not advisable to be used on textured walls, bricks, fabrics and wallpapers.
Check the size and the weight of your wall art. The packaging of the strips will tell you the recommended weight that it can hold. Get the ones that is appropriate for your artwork.
Step 1.Dust and grime are factors why the strips don’t stick properly. Clean the wall and the picture frame using a piece of cloth and isopropyl alcohol. Avoid using other cleaning chemicals because it may leave a thin layer of residue on the surface of the wall that may affect the adherence of the strips.
Step 2. Mark the spot where you will be hanging the art with a pencil. The same procedure is done when trying to figure out the right height for hanging art with nails.
Step 3. The frame’s back has to be held flat against the wall so make sure that you remove any protruding hardware like nail or wire that is attached to the back of the canvas because these may prevent you from pressing the art flat against the wall.
Step 4. Take off the paper lining and attach the strips to the top corner of the frames. If more strips need to be attached on the lower area, then place it no further 2/3 down the top not on the bottom corners. This allows the canvas art to be removed without damaging the walls.
Step 5. Once you have the adhesive strips properly attached, you may now press the canvas art gently and firmly at the spot where you wish to hang it. Press each strip and hold for 30 seconds. As prescribed in the instructions, you need to remove the wall art and let the adhesive bond for an hour before reattaching the canvas, this is why patience is also an important factor. Just repeat the procedure with the other canvas prints if you plan to create a gallery wall for your space.