Banner Display | Embossed Moulding


Before we can get to the myriad ways to hang a banner we'll need to start with the surface material. I use a medium-to-heavy weight Roclon* sold by the yard


You can cut out your finished banner shape before you begin or wait until everything is complete before trimming.  I prefer to paint my design first so I can adjust the final parameters if needed. If you are not a painter you can wet mount fabric or other materials to the banner using the method shown here.



Embossed Moulding  This application works well when you didn't allow extra canvas for tabs or a pocket.  Choose a moulding thick enough to accept the small nails used for a sawtooth hanger.  Cut the moulding to the width of the canvas.  Then, simply align the top of the canvas with the upper edge of the moulding and secure with Clearly Elegant Stenciling Gel.  The gel is preferred because, unlike glue, it is an acrylic polymer, which bonds with the paint (assuming you used acrylic products).  Alternatively, the layers can be secured with 1/4" Double-stick Craft Tape; however, the tape is more conspicuous than the gel.  Attach the sawtooth hanger on the back and it's ready to hang. 


You may notice in the other examples that I often emboss the tabs or flap to add interest.  You can create this effect using the method shown here.

Once the banner design is complete, refer to the following suggestions to select the manner of display, then trim as desired and apply a finish to both sides to prevent curling.

*Roclon has a fine texture weave that doesn't interfere with detailed painting the way a coarse "floorcloth" canvas might. The only drawback is that it does have a linty surface which shows up in detailed paintings. I have found that using Primocoat™ hardens the lint and allows me to sand it away using a fine sanding pad.  This results in a beautifully prepared surface ready for any type of medium. I wouldn't use Roclon without the base that Primocoat™ provides. Once primed, Roclon is a terrific surface that doesn't curl or fray the way some canvas is apt to do. Because the canvas readily absorbs the primer, a single coat is adequate.  
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