hi. i was just looking for some advice.
the art piece i was thinking of creating would essentially be just a big piece (10 feet x 10 feet say) of canvas, grommeted as like a tarp, to be hung horizontally paint side/face-down about 15 feet high. upon that canvas will be a painting using acrylic paint.
my questions and advice seeking are as follows:
what kind of canvas is the sturdiest to withstand the playa? is there a particular thread count? will acrylic paint hold up in the sun? begin to crackle? acrylic hold up in the rain? and will it crack and fold during transport? if canvas is grommeted, does it weaken the canvas? would latex paint be better? tempera?? if i was to fire retard the canvas pre (or post) paint, would it jeopardize the integrity/strength of the canvas/paint?
I hung a sail from my sailboat at the Detroit/Chicago Decomp and it was painted on by numerous people with acrylic paint. The sail is made of Dacron, and so far, so good. The real test is how well it will hold up once I sail with it. I have a 2nd sail that I was thinking of bringing with me to the next burn to have the same thing done, with a larger "artist" base to draw upon.
These are 2 pics of the sail. I can't fig. out how to post them here, their on flickr, but from the links you can check other pics.
As you can see I just hung the sails with rope from 2 adjacent trees. On the playa you may need to erect a structure to hold the "canvas" up. I would recommend hanging it up sideways as opposed to flat as it is more natural to work with it. Just remember to bring a ladder or 2 for people to use if its a big canvas. Other things I learned, bring water to use with the paints, have a few extra cans available for that, cut up old cardboard boxes to use as poor mans palette's. Bring plenty of brushes. I also bought large markers to let people use as well. We painted on only 1 side, and it shows through on the other side as well, although not as bright.
Now, if anybody out there can tell me, or warn me, the one question I have that hasn't been answered yet, is that when I sail with them, and water get's splashed upon them, which is inevitable
will that cause the paint to run?
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