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My question is" I am doing an approx. 3'x4' wall painting and am wondering if it can be done on canvas, then removed from the wall in a few years and saved? Would I stretch the canvas on a wooden frame, prime and paint it, then cut the dry painting from the frame and glue to wall? Is it then possible to blend the edges enough to make it look like it is actually painted on the wall? Or, is there a better technique?"


You can apply a canvas to a wall, and remove it later. There are a couple different ways you can approach this process.

Using pre-primed canvas - If you use pre-primed canvas that is not already stretched on a canvas frame, then you can apply the canvas directly to the wall and paint on it after installation. If it is already stretched, then paint your picture, remove it from the frame and install the completed work on your wall surface.

Using un-primed canvas – If you are using un-primed canvas then it is best to purchase a pre-stretched canvas on the frame, or stretch the canvas yourself, and then prime the surface. Follow the tutorial for ‘stretching canvases’ on this site for more details.

Removing the canvas from a frame – Once you have completed your painting you will need to remove it from the frame. You can do this in 2 ways. The first, and recommended method, is to remove the canvas completely from the frame by removing the staples. Then cut the excess canvas with scissors, or a sharp razor and metal ruler, to the size you want. The second method is to cut the canvas directly off the frame using a sharp razor blade.

Mounting the canvas to the wall – The objective is to hang a painted canvas on a wall surface and be able to remove the canvas at a future date. You will need to use glue to mount the canvas. The most common glue for this purpose is ‘Jade Glue’ found at most art supply stores. It is a white glue and can be thinned slightly for easier application.

Experiment first - You should try gluing a piece of scrap, primed canvas to a wall (scrap wall board – or inside a closet) to understand the adhesion and mounting requirements. Spread the glue in a thin, even layer over the entire back surface of the canvas then apply to the wall, working any wrinkles out with a large plastic blade. It is best to use the blade over a piece of craft paper, or similar, so you don’t disturb the painting. Be sure the painting is completely dry, especially if you are using oil paint. The mounting of the canvas will be a bit trickier if there is a noticeable texture created during the painting process.

Another option is to use wall paper paste. There are a few different grades of paste. Talk to a professional wall paper hanger if you have any questions about specific products.

Canvas edges – Depending on the thickness of your canvas you will have a slight edge that remains from the canvas to the wall. You can over come this by attaching a frame directly to the wall, simulating a hanging piece of art. Also, once the painting is mounted and dry you can continue the painting onto the wall surface, diminishing the visual edge line by floating or softening out the picture.


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