Gallery Wrap PREP!

I’m beginning another commission for Jeana. This is also on a gallery wrap canvas so I thought I’d show you how I attach it to the cardboard backing. The canvas is 14 inches by 14 inches, the piece of double ply cardboard is 18 inches by 18 inches. This will allow a 2 inch border all the way around the canvas, making it easy to handle the wet art. I’ve already attached the hanging wire and written the title, inventory control number and Jeana’s personal message on the back of the canvas with a Sharpie. The personalization is done on a white acrylic square I painted there previously. Screw eyes are then inserted on three sides of the stretcher bars. For a larger canvas I put them in all four sides. You may click on this or any of the other images to view enlargements.

Holes are made in the cardboard for the screw eyes to poke through. Nails inserted through them secure the canvas to the cardboard.

The cardboard is anchored at all three screw eyes using the same method. You may have noticed the extra holes, I’ve used this piece of cardboard before for other paintings.

A piece of tape is placed over each of the nails, this keeps them from accidentally falling out. As you can imagine, it would be disastrous if the painting fell off the cardboard while I was working on it!

Here’s my sketch for the next painting, can you believe MORE BEARS???????

Using images I found on for reference, I lightly sketch the bears on the canvas with pencil.

I’ve also indicated where the rocks will go. I’ll start sketching the composition with an oil wash in our next session. BUT SPEAKING OF BEARS…….

I was invited to attend a Baylor Bears Football Game by Jack’s and my dear friends Coach Grant and Donell Teaff. He was the Head Coach of the Bears for 21 seasons. His teams won two Southwest Conference titles and they appeared in eight bowl games. Coach Teaff was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

I got to sit in the Teaff’s suite at McLane Stadium in Waco where we had a wonderful view of the game and band. The game against West Virginia was on Halloween, all the musicians in the band wore cool costumes!

When Coach first started at Baylor in 1972 he contacted Jack to do a new bear image for the team. Donell and Grant proudly display Jack’s original Gold Leaf Painting in their suite.

Here’s Coach Teaff and Jack way back when! Brings a smile to my heart.

We had a great time and best of all Baylor pulled out a WIN, they are undefeated at 8 and 0! Not sure what it is with me and Bears lately but it’s fun! With more BIG BEAR HUGS,





3 Responses to “Gallery Wrap PREP!”

  1. roseherczeg Says:

    What a wonderful post. You look amazing and I’ll bet it brought back fond memories for you to see Coach Teaff again! Go Bears!!! 🙂 Thanks also for the instruction on how to prep the canvas! Always valuable information! God bless!

  2. nanseesart Says:

    Thank you for sharing your tips on how to keep the painting in place while you paint, and also for shipping, I assume. That’s a great way to do it! Do you ever seal the back of the canvas with that paper that looks like brown butcher paper on the back to keep cobwebs and little spiders from making their home behind the painting? I like seeing the information on the back of the painting but I was curious about how many framers and artists put that protective paper backing on their work. I wondered if you did that too. It was so nostalgic to see Jack’s work too. Thanks for that. He was a great guy!

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Thank you for your kind words, especially about Jack. I totally agree with you, he was a GREAT guy!
      Actually you’re not supposed to cover the back of oil paintings with paper, the canvas needs to breath. If a framer does put the brown paper on the back of the painting they should cut an opening that allows for air to reach the canvas. The information can be seen through that opening in the paper. I appreciate you following my blog! With Colorful Smiles, Mikki

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