Stretching the canvas

With the masonite attached to the plywood we stretched the canvas over the masonite. This exercise took two tries to get the canvas tight enough.

The canvas is stretched.

The canvas is stretched.

Now that the canvas is ready I can transfer the drawing.

Ready to transfer the drawing onto the canvas.

Ready to transfer the drawing onto the canvas.

The image is projected onto the canvas with an Epson projector.

The image is projected onto the canvas with an Epson projector.

The projection was not as clear as hoped for.

The projection was not as clear as hoped for.

The image from the projector was not clear enough for me to transfer the portraits, head wear or hands. I had to transfer those using xeroxes.

The portraits are transferred using xerox copies.

The portraits are transferred using xerox copies.

The image is transferred.

The image is transferred.

 

Construction begins

We made a trip to the lumber store and then began the construction of the wall.

Arranging plywood panels on the framing.

Arranging plywood panels on the framing.

Laying out the support blocks.

Laying out the support blocks.

The wall is in place.

The wall is in place.

To insure proper lighting during the project we constructed a light bar and attached some floods and spotlights. The bulbs are a mix of warm and cool (color temperature). Modern florescent bulbs are comfortable work under like older incandescent bulbs which can be hot.

Lighting is set-up and ready for the canvas.

Lighting is set-up and ready for the canvas.

We used the paper pattern which we made earlier to cut out a masonite panel (three panels, actually) which will provide a smooth surface and also permit the exact shape to be readily available under the stretched canvas.

The paper pattern laid out on the panel.

The paper pattern laid out on the panel.

The masonite pattern is attached to the wall.

The masonite pattern is attached to the wall.