Stephanie's How To Series
Stephanie answers the age old question, "What is the best way to display my fine art?"
A Stephanie Stanley work of art deserves the very best mounting possible. While many collectors will use the traditional wire method, we recommend a more professional mounting method to better display and protect your art work.
If your investment is a multi-panel work, panel alignment is critical. Simply put, for more complicated displays, the old wire method is nearly impossible to use when you are trying to align more than two side-by-side panels.
Prepare the back of your painting.
To give your work a museum mount look and protect your walls from slight blemishes caused by dried paint rubbing against the wall as you move the painting around adjusting it to find just that right fit, mount at least four furniture anti-skid pads (the kind that allow your furniture to glide along a wood floor) on the back-side of the four corners of the painting. Our personal favorite are 1" Slip and Grip Slipper pads available at most home improvement stores. NOTE: You want products that provide a slick siding surface, NON-SKID products are more likely to scuff your wall as you move the painting around during final adjustments.
The Slipper products will both protect your walls from smudges while at the same time holding the painting away from the wall a consistent distance (the painting will not lean in, typical when a painting is not supported at the bottom).
To hang your art work, forget the old methods, a more professional, yet affordable alternative is Hangman Products Z Hanger (www.hangmanproducts.com):
The Z Hanger is easy to install, however, we have introduced a small complication with our use of the anti-skid pads to keep the painting away from the wall (and to provide that all-important parallel to wall look we so desire), the Z Hanger needs to be mounted away from the painting to match the level of the anti-skid pads. With the Slip and Grip Slippers we routinely use, two small washers under the Z Hanger do the trick.
Next, using a level and the provided screws and drywall mounts that come with the Z-Hanger, mount the lower Z Hanger brackets on your wall. Measure twice and then one more time just to make sure you have it all correct before you start drilling. In our multi-panel display, each panel is 36" by 36" so we used 30" wide Z Hangers, allowing us the flexiblitly to move the paintings left and right up to 6 inches (3" per direction).
The completed Z Hanger installation:
OK, even the Stephanie Stanley pros cheat a bit, we did actually hang one picture at a time and then double checked our alignment before mounting the next Hangman Z Hanger...
In this case, the most critical panel was the lower right hand corner. It could not interfere with the house's intercom system. So we started there, then did the top right panel (to double check we had the upper panel heigh where the homeowner wanted it. And then worked to the left.
Finally, install each Stephanie Stanely panel. Since these paneles were still not 100% dry, we mounted them left to right to avoid bumping up against them...
Since the Z Hanger system allows you up to 3" movement side to side, spacing the panels is easy. If you were slightly off height wise (in this case, our top center panel was 1/16" higher than the others), the Z Hanger system is easy to remove the painting and remount the Z Hanger on the painting 1/16" lower, but for slight adjustments like that, we simply removed the two top panels on each side and placed a string along the lenght of the Z Hanger and the wall (a photo will be added to this sight shortly), raising the other two panels 1/16" of an inch to make the alignment perfect. You simply cannot do this with the old wire method!
You now have the very best professional installation, along with museum quality mounting, for many happy years of enjoying your Stephanie Stanley Work of Art!