CAT-tastrophy

Let me introduce you this gorgeous boy, “GIZMO”. I’m sure he didn’t wake up that morning with DESTROY on his “To Do” list for the day. BUT, when HIS human parents, Tony and Jessica, were moving furniture and took their Senkarik Painting off the wall for repositioning, Gizmo couldn’t resist. As kitties do, he just had to go rub against the newest object in HIS territory.

Needless to say, Gizmo pushed the painting over and it fell, hitting the corner of a coffee table. RIPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!! You may click on this or any other image to see it larger.

Here’s a closer look at the damage. Now, I’ll show you how I repair this CAT-tastrophe.

Of course Molly, one of my kitties, wants to be in on the process! The first step is to cut the painted image off of the canvas it was original painted on, leaving an inch margin all the way around.

The excess canvas is trimmed off using a sharp carpet knife pulled along a metal straight edge. The carpet knife was purchased at Home Depot. I find it easier to hold and use than a box cutter. The goal is to make all of the edges clean and straight.

Here’s what remains of the RIP!

The painted image is now mounted to a new canvas using archival glue. The border of my Senkarik Signature Frame has been marked on the new canvas. I’m using a glue called called MUCKETY MUCK. AND YES, that is the actual name. The area where the painted canvas is to be mounted is covered with a thin, even coat of the Glue. The top edge of the canvas being glued down is lined up with the line I’ve marked on the new canvas for my Senkarik Signature Frame. It’s important to glue the top edge first, as the canvas will shrink some at the bottom. It doesn’t matter that the lower border will be a bit wider than the top or the sides. BUT you don’t want the start at the bottom and have the top border larger than the rest. Rolling the canvas down into place, air bubbles are pressed out as I go.

Unfortunately MUCKETY MUCK is no longer available but Dick Blick carries a similar archival glue. CLICK HERE for more information.

Turning the canvas over, it’s placed flat on my work table that’s been covered with a couple of large, plastic garbage bags. Then, any remaining air bubbles are pressed out. I use a narrow board rather than a brayer because it will fit under the braces of the stretcher bars. I’m careful not to move the canvas around on the bags underneath. The glue presses out, around the edges of the painting, onto the border and the bags. I don’t want to get any glue on the painted image. Then the canvas is carefully turned over, the bags stick to where the glue came out on the border. Once flat on the table, I pull the bags off the painting and throw them away. Any extra glue on the border is scraped off with a painting knife.

Shrinkage of the painted canvas also causes the rip to pull apart, I’ll show how that’s fixed later. Now we have to wait for this to get completely dry. Hope you’ll come back to see how I do my Senkarik Signature Frame in our next session.

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4 Responses to “CAT-tastrophy”

  1. Bill Gavin Says:

    Wow!

  2. michaelbrugh Says:

    I just love Molly!

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