Demonstration: The Canvas Road Show continued...

Next, I add a sheet of glassine paper between each piece of canvas. This really is not necessary particularly when there are no paintings on the surfaces yet. But on the return trip, it gives added protection from scratching of finished artwork.

Then I roll'em up! It takes a few attempts to get this down so that they fit into the designated tube. I want the roll to be snug but not too tight. And the more that is added the heavier it becomes. Weight is an issue when flying so take this factor into account as well. Primed canvas can be heavy. Take what you need, and try to use what you take! I always try to overestimate just a bit so I am assured of enough material. This is especially true when traveling to locations where no art stores are available.

I see that my roll matches the tube perfectly (after a few attempts of course.) This tube was purchased from an art store. The length is adjustable so that I can go with tiny canvas or very large canvas. On this trip, my largest width will be 24" since I want to slip this into my suitcase on the trip to my destination. On the way back, however, I'll hand-carry the tube. It will be too valuable to entrust to baggage handling especially with many flight connections. So the tube has a strap to carry easily over my shoulder.

You don't have to invest in this kind of tube. My first one was a simple, sturdy mailing tube with caps on each end. I bought two adjustable hose clamps (found in auto supply or hardware stores), and added a used luggage strap. It lasted years before moving on to this model. Oh, and be sure to clearly mark somewhere inside, outside or on the lid your contact information just incase you lose it so a considerate person or the airlines may return it to you.

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