My first canvas repair
This is the first time I have ever had to repair a canvas painting. I gave my son and family a painting for Christmas. He wanted to hang it in the stairwell but fell on the ladder. I was more concerned about him falling, than the painting, but he felt so bad damaging it and wondered if it could be saved. I'd never had to repair a painting before, so I did some research online and got so many different opinions that I finally came up with my own solution.
The painting is called Baubles N Bows. It is 4 foot by 6 foot. the tear was a Z shaped hole, about a foot long.
I've added a little slide show to show how I fixed the hole.
I was advised by a manufacturer of fine paints, not to patch it with canvas on the back, because it would eventually bulge in the front, so I happened to have 100% silk left over from silk painting, and used that to patch it on the back. It is a very strong, natural fiber, while still very thin. I used gel medium as the glue. Once the silk was dry, it blended into the canvas so well, that I could barely see it from the side it was on ( in the back).
FYI, I found a lot of information on the internet on canvas repairs. I watched from many different sources, including going to the websites of the manufacturers that make the products. They usually have helpful videos on their own products. I was able to talk to the Golden Paints company and get some valuable tips over the phone. After gathering a lot of information from various sources, I came up with my own solution, based on my own resources and funds. In essence I ended up using things I already had at home. Not everyone has pure silk or gel medium, but, I happened to already have them, so the repair was minimal in extra cost. Do your homework to see what you are supposed to use and do, and then see if you may already have something at home that would work. When your income is limited, you learn to be creative!