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Monday, December 13, 2010
Abstract on Wedi board
Here's a closeup:
Here's the full view, framed (click to enlarge):
This is what the wall hanging looks like from the back:
This is the canvas, reverse side, with the Wedi installed and a skim coat of thinset applied.
Artist canvas turned over with a piece of Wedi inserted and siliconed into place
This is a 16"x20" artist's canvas, pre-stretched and "gallery wrapped." The canvas is not stapled to the edges of the wooden stretchers, but nicely wrapped around and tucked in the back. I measured the Wedi to fit into the cavity formed by the back of the canvas and inserted and installed with silicone around the edges. Then I applied a thin coat of white thinset. I applied the tesserae with MAC glue. I used more of the wonderful hand-poured Vancouver stained glass, parts of terra cotta house numbers, Swarovski crystals, costume jewelry, glass beads, polished amethyst, shells, broken plate, the footer from the back of a plate, and beach glass from Hawaii. I grouted with charcoal grout and then randomly painted the grout here and there with metallic acrylic paint. Finally, I installed the piece in a picture frame, and installed eyes and wire near the edges of what was the front of the canvas but is now the back.
I developed this method because I wanted to use the light weight Wedi board instead of a heavier substrate, because I worry about hanging something really heavy on a sheetrock wall, and with this method I don't have to worry about a specialized hanging system; I just install little eyes and wire as on any other picture. (An added bonus is that the hanging looks so neat and finished from the back.)