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I have been asked to paint a banner depicting our town's patron saint for
our local church to be used in religious processions. The banner which will
be about 1.5 metres by 2 metres, will be carried in the processions
suspended from a wooden pole, and must be resistant to all kinds of weather
including rain. It will have an image on each side (I am planning on
doubling the material and then sewing the sides together after it is painted.
Can you advise me what kind of material to use (I thought cotton canvas) and
what to prime it with so that it remains flexible and won't crack when it
moves in the wind. I am planning on painting the images with acrylics as it
seems to me that that is the most durable. This banner will need to last a
long time, and will be used several times a year in processions. The last
banner they had was painted 50 years ago and is now very cracked and you can
hardly see the images anymore. I assume it was painted in oil on canvas.
I will be grateful for any advise you can give me. I am also sending a copy
of this to the ARTSEDNET and would appreciate receiving suggestions.
Monte Porzio Catone, Italy
>ate: Sat, 16 Jan 1999 10:08:06 EST
>Subject: Re: artsednet-digest V2 #1161
>Hello! I've done 2 murals at a local shrine. One was 10'x50' and one was
>10'x60'. One was a draped canvas and one was a stretched canvas (10'x8'
>sections). One canvas was primed with white latex paint, the other was
>painted straight on the bare canvas. The canvas was a 12# smooth texture. I
>worked the unprimed stretched canvas primarily with large sponges then went
>over it with smaller sponges then brushes. This works very well if you do not
>need much detail. The primed unstretch canvas was painted with roller and
>brush. It has more details. Each mural took me about 60 hours to complete the
>actual painting. Major areas were painted with latex paint bought by the
>gallon. I bought only about a half dozen colors and mix my own colors (I went
>to the big school to larn' that). Smaller details were done with acrylic
>paint. I can't think of any great secrets to help you through this. Just
>have faith in your knowledge and skills, plan carefully and thouroughly, and
>have a lot of patience. A large finished piece like these are fun and quite
>impressive even though the average non-art person doesn't realize the time and
>effort put into works like this. If you have any questions,feel free to
>contact me. jeorgeg