The Big League Show’s Call for Art (deadline April 28) said artwork must be framed. My apologies. Framing is nifty, but your artwork does not need to be framed. Correction to the League Call for Art: Artwork must be ready to hang. What does “ready to hang” mean? Basically, it means your artwork needs a wire. Paintings on canvas must be wired. Here’s a little video about how to wire your canvas. Please note that I picked a video with D-rings not eye-screws, because the tension on the wife cause the eye-screws to pull themselves out and then sad things happen. The entire instructional video is good, but if you’re looking for how to tie the lark’s head, go to minute 2:50. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ThspVqHlok What about Artwork on Paper? Artwork on paper needs a wire… and the wire must attach to something. If you have work on paper, here are some ideas for how to make your artwork “ready to hang.” Here are some “ready to hang” options for work on paper Framed Frames can be found at thrift shops, craft stores, or can be custom made for your piece. Layers of a quality archival frame Matted, no frame A less expensive option is to mat your artwork, and skip the frame. Find more instructions on mounting techniques here. “Kwik hanger” [caption id=”attachment_14231″ align=”aligncenter” width=”300 no please no Frame Sticks, Scroll Style Here the paper is pinched between two pieces of wood at the top, and again at the bottom. The top pieces of wood support a wire. If the paper is thin, this can be done with magnets imbedded in the bars. If the paper is thick, the bars can be made wider than the paper, and small screws can be used to pull the bars tight to hold the paper in between. If you don’t mind some holes in your artwork, tiny screws or nails can go right through the sandwich. This hanging system is not as protective of your fragile artwork, but the materials are less expensive, and offer a nice effect. It’s ready to hang! I found these frame sticks on etsy, cheap. Hipster Style Hangers Clipboards We Want You I hope this post gives you some ideas for how you can show your artwork with us. If you have more ideas for how to make your artwork ready to hang, please post them here on the blog (or for email subscribers, please go to the blog and share your thoughts there). A good idea is worth nothing if it isn’t shared. We want you in our Big League Show! Please click here for submission details. Drop off during class times. Deadline April 30. See you soon!