Mark the distance you want your screw eyes from the top of your canvas, about 1/4 of the way down.
You can drill a starter hole or you can pound the tip of a small nail in, just something your screw eye will sink in to.
Put a drop of strong glue on the end of your screw eye, I use E6000.
Hold your screw eye up next to your canvas to make sure how far you can sink it.
Twist the screw eye into the canvas or panel with your fingers.
Make the last few twists with pliers. Then, let the glue dry for half an hour.
Thread your picture hanging wire through the screw eye from the top.
Pull the wire through tightly.
Twist the short end over the long wire.
Twist it to the side…
…and then underneath.
Loop it underneath the long wire and then up through the screw eye.
Pull the wire through the screw eye.
Pull the wire firmly so it’s tight.
Loop the wire over the long wire…
Then start twisting tight circles around the long wire.
Keep twisting until you have about 7-10 tight circles.
It should look like this.
Snip off any remaining end.
If you have non-plastic-coated wire, wrap a small piece of black electrical tape around the ends so the gallery owners don’t poke their fingers when hanging.
Figure out the length of your hanging wire and do the same procedure to the 2nd side. Note, if your painting is heavy, make the wire a little tighter as it will stretch and lengthen as the weight of the painting settles on it.
I write the title of the painting on the back of each piece. I also tape a “painting tag” on the back until the piece sells. This makes it easy for exhibiting, even if the gallery prints their own tags, all the info is on the one I taped to the back.
You are finished! As a last touch, I glue my business card and stamp my website onto the back. I paint on panels, if you are working with canvas, maybe attach it to the inside of the stretcher bars.