Demonstration: The Canvas Road Show continued...

Next, I use regular cardboard or Foamcore board to make patterns of all the sizes I need, with the 2" allowance clearly marked. These templates can be used over and over again and take little room in the studio.

Then according to my computer-generated plan, I roll out the canvas, and proceed to trace around the patterns, working my way down the roll. (I have not displayed a picture of this step since it's pretty straight-forward.) I simply cut-up all of my material with nice sharp sissors or an xacto knife. Voila! Dozens of paintings, ready to be packed for their trip.

With "canvasettes" in hand, I do two things. First, decide which sizes/ quantities I need to mount to my boards. Then second, decide how many I wish to take as extras. Remember the 24 canvas' I displayed on the first page? Well, not only do I have those extra boards to paint on, I also take one or two tubes filled with additional material! -- Blank canvas on the way to my destination; completed paintings on the return trip home!

For my traveling "roll" I write the size one corner of each canvas with pencil so I never have to guess what I am grabbing; then stack smallest sizes to the inside. No particular reasoning here, I've tried it both ways and pefer the larger canvas' to the outside. There are pro's and con's to each.

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