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03-16-2015, 02:53 PM
Hi everyone,

I paint with acrylics and wonder what you all do with the sides of your canvas.
Do you paint them with one of the colours in your painting?
Do you paint them black?
Do you carry the details of the painting over the sides?
Do you tape the sides, pull off the tape and leave them white?
Or, what are other methods.

Thank you,

03-16-2015, 04:24 PM
you can do all the things you mention....and you will see them all displayed in galleries, shows, etc......I.have always continued the painting around the sides but it is easier to just have black sides....

Chris B.
03-16-2015, 04:40 PM
I usually paint them with whatever wash I used for my under painting.

03-16-2015, 05:49 PM
I like to paint the sides now as if it were a continuation of the piece. I have previously painted them black or left them blank.

03-16-2015, 06:35 PM
Thank you everyone.

03-16-2015, 06:53 PM
Did nobody tell you? The sides are for cleaning your brushes on. :cool:

03-16-2015, 07:46 PM
Did nobody tell you? The sides are for cleaning your brushes on. :cool:

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Shirl Parker
03-17-2015, 10:33 AM
It can depend somewhat on how your canvas has been stretched. If it has been "gallery wrapped", so that the staples are on the back of the frame, you may want to use any of those techniques you have mentioned. If the staples are on the side, the painting will need a frame which covers those staples. Mostly painting the sides allows the G-W painting to be hung without a frame.

03-17-2015, 11:03 AM
you can also purchase canvas that has rolled sides or tapered sides...some tapered back and some forward....these are easy to utilize and don't require frames.....a lot easier to paint on instead of trying to paint around the side of a canvas....hope this helps....

chammi kaiser
03-17-2015, 11:27 AM
I always continue the painting onto the sides of my gallery-wrapped painting eg. the sky continues on both sides, etc. . Often the sides are not as detailed but I like the continuation. As a viewer I imagine the painting to continue around the corners. All a matter of choice.

Charlie's Mum
03-17-2015, 12:28 PM
I continue the painting round the sides too.
I know some people don't like this and prefer to paint them a dark colour to 'frame' the work.

03-17-2015, 02:37 PM
I have on rare occasion, painted the sides 'gold', so it appears like a frame....

03-17-2015, 08:41 PM
For miniatures, I wrap the scene around, or paint the sides gold. (Because we gals always like a little bit of glam. ;) ) Aside from the miniatures, I don't use stretched canvas unless I've gone up to 20x30 or larger. In those cases, I always frame the paintings, so I don't worry about the edges.

03-17-2015, 08:55 PM
I continue the painting, but without details

03-18-2015, 11:59 AM
Yep, I continue around the corners, sides top & bottom.

03-18-2015, 01:25 PM
I guild the sides of my deep edge canvasses with silver. This is supplied in a paste form in a tube and can be applied with the finger fairly easily. When dried it can be burnished with a soft cloth, and the effect is quite professional. A tube costs around 8 GBP on line, and you can also get it in gold and copper finishes to suit the the colours in your painting. I have guilded four paintings this way two very large and two medium sized and only used half a tube, so it is cost effective.

03-21-2015, 05:24 AM
I like gallery wrapped canvas for my oil paintings, and I prefer to paint those edges black. I just like the contemporary look of that personally, and then I don't have to frame them. I have never tried to paint the edges as a continuation of the painting.

03-21-2015, 03:46 PM
I keep going with the painting, details and everything. That way you can hang them without a frame. Also more philosophically...the painting only ends because I'm out of canvas.

Jon Bradley
03-23-2015, 07:17 PM
I like the handmade look of raw canvas on the outside edges. It just states that a person did this and has personality.

Margaret 59
03-23-2015, 11:16 PM
I continue the painting on all the edges.