Hanging Paintings Level (and a Wedding Donkey for the Studio!)

With the exception of when I hang my two John Matthew Moore art prints, I abandoned traditional picture hanging hardware a few years ago. I use Command Picture Hanging Strips for all of my smaller prints and photos these days. I no longer put holes in my walls and once the frames are up, they don't come down.

The tricky thing about using Command Strips is that you have to be pretty precise when you first bring the frame into contact with the wall. One sticky side of the strips goes on the wall for about 30 minutes before they are ready to hold the picture's weight, so you sandwich the two sides together on the back of the frame, push the frame up onto the wall, and then peel the frame off to give time for adhesion. After wasting a few strips, I started balancing my level on top of the frame while trying to bring it into contact with the wall. That was a little bit award, so I started taping my small level to the front of the frame so I could keep an eye on it more easily.

Maybe this isn't too exciting, but when Marc caught me doing it the other day, he seemed to think it was a novel idea. 

Do you like the little donkey? It's a wedding donkey by artist Caitlin McGauley. I love all animals, but I have genuine enthusiasm for donkeys, so I snapped this print up when it was offered for a limited time by Furbish Studio a few years ago.

By the way, did you know that donkeys serve as livestock guards these days? I pass two herds of cattle on my way to work everyday and each has a donkey. I was so curious about the donkeys being in the fields that I did a little research. Apparently, donkeys aren't fans of many of the animals that prey on cows and sheep, so people have added a donkey to their herds to chase the pests away.


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