As a professional artist, it is important to understand how to properly hang and display your artwork. Your art is delicate and priceless therefore the way you hang it must reflect that. Whether you are hanging the artwork in your home, in a gallery or in preparation for an art show, it is crucial to understand the correct hanging process. Every single time a consumer views your work may be the first time. Therefore, professionalism is the key. In this article, we will discuss the proper hanging technique as well as helpful tools and tricks to show off your artwork the correct way.
Tools You Will Need
There are several different techniques to hanging your work. However, the safest and easiest to use is through the use of a picture hook or a wall hook.
- Picture Hooks or wall hooks
- A level
- Measuring tape
The wall hooks will be a sturdy solution to hanging your artwork and come in various sizes for heavier weights as well as lighter weights. It is important to use the correct weight to properly sustain your work. A hammer will be used to drive the nails into the wall for placement of your art. A measuring tape will be used to find the middle point of your work and will aid in the hanging process. A level will then confirm that the artwork is straight. These materials can be found at your local hardware store or art supply store.
How to Hang Your Artwork
This technique will demonstrate how to hang your artwork using the supplies listed above. Be sure to follow all guidelines to get the perfect hang. Before you begin, check to see if your work will be hanging using a wire or “d-ring” hangers. This will be important for correct measurement.
- Begin by finding the middle of the space where you will be displaying your work. Mark this spot.
- Starting at the back of your work, measure the art from top to bottom to find the center. If you are using “d-ring” hangers, mark this spot under either the left or right hanger. If using a wire, measure from that center mark you made to the top of the tightened wire.
- Add sixty inches to your middle measurement. This will make sure that your artwork is being placed at eye level. This is important for the viewing of your art.
- Now, if using “d-ring” hooks, measure the distance between the hangers. Then, divide that in half. Using your measuring tape, mark this distance from the center mark you made on the wall, on both sides. This will aid in the leveling process.
- Use your level to align and then hammer your wall hooks in place. If you use a wire, make sure the wire is tight.
- You can then lift you artwork gently onto the hangers. You can make sure the art is level again by placing the level on the top. Make sure the artwork is sturdy and does not seem to be sliding.
The process of hanging your work is simple. However, it must be done properly to ensure that your work does not slide off the hooks, or become damaged in any way. There are some very important things to remember as you are preparing as well.
Important Things to Remember
- As stated before, make sure your artwork is sturdy. Using picture hooks nailed into place forbids the work from sliding or moving while hanging. It also allows for the artwork to be taken off of the wall and replaced.
- When preparing to hang your artwork, make sure to buy the right tools. As stated, picture hangers come in different weight bearing sizes. Purchasing ones that are too small may result in damage to your work. Make sure to purchase an easy to use and carry hammer as well. You may be traveling with these tools.
- If you wish to use a wire, you may want to use two picture hangers or wall hooks to add some stability to the work. Always make sure the wire is tight to keep the work from falling off of the surface.
This process may seem a bit daunting at first. However, the displaying of your art is part of operating your professional art business. Consumers will react to how your work is displayed whether in a gallery or in your home. Professional hanging techniques add to the branding of your art business and will add professionalism to your work. Practice makes perfect and skill will come with time.