Pamela Caughey - Oops! I Made a Mistake! ART and Problem Solving - Mounting Art on Paper on Panel

Pamela Caughey – Oops! I Made a Mistake! ART and Problem Solving – Mounting Art on Paper on Panel

well I have these two paintings and they're almost finished and so it was time for me to measure these two panels and then order my my custom cradle panels to mount these on and as I measured them I found out that I didn't actually cut this down the middle so they're actually off by quite a bit so in other words this one is like six inches wider than that one and so big mistake and I'm not real happy about it but then I've been thinking the height of them is 50 inches tall 50 inches tall 50 inches tall this one is forty six point five wide and this one is fifty two point five wide so you know a couple things I could do I could order panels that are you know to fit these two pieces of paper but then one would be smaller than the other one and I think it would look kind of weird but you know then I'm thinking well what if I did this where I cut this panel like right about maybe here so I'd have one skinny panel here and then I have a panel from here to there and then on this one I've got kind of a skinny wide and then I might go even thinner on this one like maybe a real thin panel here and then let the fourth panel be the rest of the piece so this is what happens when you're you know you're kind of in the moment and you're not really being too careful where you cut your sheet of paper down in the middle and if I as I mentioned this is artists oil paper there were some other considerations too that I had to think about first of all mounting this large size of painting on to panel it is more difficult than if you have a very small painting and what I noticed is that along the bottom of these paintings there's a bit of a ripple like there's a ripple here and then you know if there's a ripple here I actually noticed that even before I started painting I mean when you're when you have sheets of paper that have been rolled up so they come from the factory and you put them on the wall and then as you tape them you notice that you'd really can't get like super flat paper against the wall you're going to have ripples so I noticed that before I even started painting and then when you start painting of course it just sometimes accentuates the amount of buckling or rippling or warping that the paper you know paper has now it's not too bad on these but one thing that happens by cutting these into smaller pieces and then mounting them on like smaller panels the likelihood of there being a problem with say an air pocket or something where the paper's not lying flat against the panel are decreased and so yeah I just have to you know Hart to me is totally problem-solving I think that's the one recurring theme that I keep feeling is that at first when I measure these was like oh no crap but you know there is a solution to every problem and the problem for me is just maybe this is actually a good thing maybe instead of like a diptych it becomes you know four panels all different sizes and I kind of was trying to envision how that might look on a wall and I think I might like that I feel like yeah four different sized panels that could actually be an interesting way to cut these pieces of paper the only thing that I would be a little bit concerned about is that whenever you do that whenever you cut a painting like I would have to physically cut the sheet of paper here I'd have to physically cut the sheet of paper you know wherever here whatever coincides with of the boards that I end up ordering and when it comes time to mount the pieces of paper onto the panel what's really critical is that if I cut it here then this portion and this portion have to match because they're going to be slicing through things like line shape you know things like this and if they don't match up it's gonna look really weird so given that when you put the glue on the backside of the paper not on the paper but on the or there can be some expansion and if you actually only put the glue on the board your paper won't expand my only reason of thinking of this time putting glue the line co ph-neutral adhesive on the back side of the painting was because I actually did want it to expand a little bit because what that does is it gets rid of any rippling this is what I used to do when I was a water colorist and I had you know finished a painting but then it was all Ripley which is what happens to arches watercolor paper well in a way this is kind of similar I spoke with David gamblin yesterday and I said to him well what would happen if you had an oil and coal wax painting on artists oil paper and you wetted the back and you let it expand so the paper fibers expand and then while they're doing that they like they're getting flatter right and then then I could I could sandwich that between weights put the wet side down an absorbent paper it's kind of a process and then weighted down until it dries and when you remove the weights it's really flat and he thought yes that could work if the painting were really dry and however if I cut these into smaller pieces I'm not really sure that's going to be necessary because the amount of warping and everything like that is now minimized by the fact that I've cut a 48 by 48 inch piece of paper done until say two feet by 50 inches and so anyways those are things that you know happen in the studio I didn't measure correctly I just started painting I did I was kind of sloppy with my measuring yes but it's okay I mean you know if that happens there are any number of options you can do to get yourself out of that complete with I could actually cut this one down to match this one but I see them as a diptych and even if they were to kind of you know be really a part in a gallery or in an exhibition that I'm working toward I still feel like I want them to be you know together because that's how they were created and I feel like they kind of go together so just to share with you that's what's going through my head right now trying to solve a problem as anyone who's an artist has multiple problems at any time of the day and you're always like well now what do I do you know you can get frustrated but you can also say there's definitely a solution I just had to figure out what it is and I kind of love that part because at first it's like oh no and then you're like oh yeah maybe that was a happy accident I I have to say I I've had more happy accidents from making mistakes like this that lead to things that I never would have done if I didn't make that mistake so I just wanted to share that with you so while I was thinking about how to divide these two larger paintings into four as I mentioned I wanted them all to be unequal in width and so I did kind of look at the painting and looked for the marks were and you know where was a logical for me to cut through these paintings and this is kind of what I decided on and I used freezer paper as my templates alright hi everybody I'm in my studio and I've been waiting for these panels to arrive that were custom-made for this very large painting that I have done and half of the painting is right here and in a previous section of this video series I explained how I miss marked them and they were not cut down the middle so you know there are a couple different solutions I could have used but what I decided to do was take these two large 48 by 48 inch paintings and cut them unevenly into four different sections for that reason I needed to have custom panels made so I have them they've arrived and they're behind me now these are them and these are cradle panels I wanted to show you the backside of them because it's kind of nice to know how each one is made they usually have corner braces and the bigger the panel the more of these cross braces you're going to have that's obviously for stability and to prevent warping so these are very well made and it took me about two weeks to get these they're pretty reasonably priced and I order these from the local University Bookstore other times I've ordered them from cabinet makers there's a local one in my town so if you ever need to have a custom-made cradle panel check in with a cabinet maker Wood maker furniture maker because sometimes they can make them for you so notice how these are all different sizes here and they all correspond with how I'm going to cut these paintings so it's a little tricky yes I have to cut into the paintings and then I have to mount them onto these fours you so notice how I've got two tables that are next to each other and I've got a cutting mat underneath and a very sharp blade and I've talked about this before when cutting through any kind of artwork you know you want to make sure your blade is nice and fresh and I've got a straight edge there I guess you know go slowly and it's better to score against the blade meaning that you're going to kind of lightly go several times rather than going just like trying to put maximum pressure and get through the whole thing at one time by scoring you know if you happen to like slip a little bit or whatever you have a chance of making that cut the right cut so just kind of slow down so here's the final piece that is now in four panels and I just wanted to show you these close-ups one of the nice things about doing it this way is that I'm showing you some different ways of displaying you know so if this were purchased and a person hangs it in their house you know they have many different ways and orientations that they can hang a piece like this complete with turning some panels you know 180 degrees or you know only hanging two panels here and two panels there or one panel and three panels on there all these different ways of doing it and I you know it is true that the marks don't necessarily line up but that's actually okay I when I tried this and the marks didn't line up it was like you know it didn't really matter that much I think it's because it's a very kind of a chaotic piece and it's a lot of energy and that kind of thing and depending on how far away you hang each of these panels from one another that can make a big difference so anyways I hope you enjoyed this video and I just wanted to show you that yeah there was some problem-solving that was required here when you when you mismeasure a piece so from this point forward I think I'll be a little bit more careful cutting my either mixed media paper or my arches paper or whatever it is that requires cutting and yeah so I just just wanted to share that with you so hopefully you don't make the same mistake that I did happy painting everybody bye now you

31 thoughts on “Pamela Caughey – Oops! I Made a Mistake! ART and Problem Solving – Mounting Art on Paper on Panel

  1. Pamela, great solution and result! Your positive, problem solving approach is very inspiring. When I do something in a painting that really doesn't work, that spoils the previous work, I always need to take a while, sometimes weeks, to step back and let it rest, before I have the courage and fresh eye to continue the painting. And sometimes it works out very well. Thank you for sharing this proces and result, very uplifting!

  2. Wonderful painting to begin with….I started out not liking it but now love it….goes to show, about working into the ugly as you have talked about. I would love to see how you did glue these large pieces down. I print my photographs very large and need to glue them down before I work with mix media on top. I have gone thru quite an education about it all. Putting glue on both the back of the photograph and the panel, actually, I do two coats on each to seal them. Then glue, (I use PVA and methylcellulose, 50/50 for a longer open time), the panel and lightly spray a very fine mist of water on the print, then lay it down carefully at an angle. It's been a tough learning curve.

  3. This was much more than a happy accident!!! More like an ecstatic error!!! Love the final result!!! I think your creative cutting improved the work!

  4. Forgive me for saying, but wouldn't it be easier to just remove a four inch wide strip from the end of the largest panel? Looking at your wall cut four inches off the left side of the larger panel and they would remain a diptych.

  5. So interesting. Yes, always problem solving. I wish you would have shown us the process of mounting the work. Maybe you have another video for that?

  6. They are WONDERFUL!! Love your problem solving skills! I may like it even more with the different sized panels. Very unique & beautiful!!đŸ„°

  7. It's a happy accident! I like the thin and thick panel idea… It will be very unique! It is a good thing!

  8. Wow, I love the work as four pieces! My first reaction was to wonder whether unequally-sized pieces would look odd, but I think the end result is wonderful….that was creative problem-solving!

  9. I was a bit anxious about having 4 different sized panels. But the end result is fantastic and I love the fact, as you described, the many options one has when hanging these. Great job Pamela with your solution and beautiful work…

  10. hi pamela, i feel so energized by your solution and how it adds so much more to this work. adds uniqueness. and i love the hanging options concept. so are these works glued flush to the edges of each panel? did you have a bit of overhang that you then trimmed off? are the edges finished or left raw wood? thanks for sharing you inspiring work! – karen

  11. I LOVE YOUR WORK. wish I could purchase a large piece. I live in Seattle, so I guess there is no way unless I come to Montana.

  12. Hi Pam. They are beautiful! 
    I've run into this problem with the paper warping before. Arches recommends that you soak the paper for 10-15 minutes (I use a bathtub). After removing, let it rest for 10 minutes and then stretch the paper on a flat surface and staple down. When it dries, it's tight as a drum. I know it sounds like a pain, but it really works. I've tried sandwiching wet paper with weights and several other methods as well, but this is the only one that really worked.

  13. Thank you for sharing. A curious question? Why even use oil paper at all if you intent to end up on a cradle? Even if you liked the texture of oil paper over board, shouldn't you mount the oil paper on a cradle first and then paint?

  14. Pamela I would not cut them at all but that's my 2 cents, there both powerful  beautiful pieces as is. Cutting something that was created as a whole ruins the Integrity of the piece, it cuts through well placed lines and shapes and to me it just messes things up when you segment it , turning it into a triptych or quadriptych weakens the statement a bit  to me but that's just my personal opinion & preference, but to each is own and when its all said and done, all that really matters at the end of the day is how you The Artist feels about it.

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