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This is the final installment of our twelve creative ways to hang a banner series.  I will continue to post creative inspirations, tips and techniques each week but not daily.  To receive an email when new info is posted please Subscribe to   website updates here.  

You can cut out your finished banner shape before you begin or wait until everything is complete before trimming.  For the banner shown I trimmed the perimeter before painting as it is a complicated silhouette.  I did not make any interior cuts until after the painting was finished.  This way, elements that passed over a cut would still flow smoothly across the breaks.

You'll notice 
throughout the series that I usually emboss the tabs or flap to add interest.  You can create this effect using the method shown here.


Interwoven Tabs Cut tabs as desired making them a little longer than you might if you were just folding them over.  On the body of the banner mark the placement for two horizontal slits that align with each tab.  Each tab will pass through the upper slit to the back of the banner then return to the front of the banner through the lower slit.  These slits can be as far apart as you wish.  The ones shown here are about an inch apart, creating the illusion of a 1" band spanning the banner.  Use a craft knife to cut (slightly wider than the tab) through the banner at each slit.  Variations to this treatment could include a series of slits so the tabs weave through the banner several times.  Another alternative is to forgo brads and use the tabs themselves to lock everything in place.  To do this, cut the ends of the tabs as half-moons that are larger than the shaft of the tab (they will look like tall mushrooms). Fold the sides of the moons in to pass the tabs through the slits then flatten to keep them from pulling back through the slits.

With our banner series complete we'll start something new soon.  To receive an email when new info is posted Subscribe to   website updates here.  Next week I will post a free project ensemble for breast cancer awareness month; you won't want to miss it.

For my surface material I use a medium weight Roclon* sold by the yard

*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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