FRAMING ARTWORK post sponsored by Stu-Art Supplies
Put yourself in the right frame of mind by
hanging animal art. Design an elegant girls
room decor with a black frame for your
watercolor painting. Display the picture over
a white dresser for a cohesive look. Discover
more penguin paintings here
Framing works on paper
Do I need a mat?
Watercolor paintings should never touch the glass. Mixed media art and acrylic paintings that are done on canvas do not need glass, and consequently don’t need a mat. To create space between the glass and other types of artwork, place a mat board with a window cut through it over the artwork.
|Dark brown is an ideal hue for horse lovers. There’s no better way to bring in the excitement of the countryside than to hang horse art. Mix in some pink accessories for a feminine aesthetic. Discover more horse art here.|
Do I have to pay extra for acid free?
Always insist that your framer use archival 100% acid free mat board. Mat boards that contain acid will yellow over time. You will notice this first on the bevel (that is the cut edge of the mat board.) A really bad framing job could even yellow the artwork! Watercolors look best with a white or soft white mat. An exception to this is if you are matting a print. I always choose acid buffered products. From Stu-Art, I order their economical bevel cut neutral pH buffered paper mat.
What color mat should I choose?
There are many shades of white, so picking the best one can be a confusing task. Turning the artwork over and trying to match the mat color to the color of the paper is usually a good idea. Furthermore, don’t use today’s trendy colors for the mat color or you’ll be sorry tomorrow. I use “white” and “bright white” from Stu-Art Supplies.
How wide should the mat be?
Don’t use a skimpy mat. A 3″ border looks great. You can also do
|Brown on brown is a key color combination for
creating a rustic ambiance. The coffee colored
dresser adds a touch of masculinity to the boys
room. For those of us who love neutral hues,
the orange fox paired with a light brown
frame are subtly stylish and don’t overwhelm.
Click here to view more animal art.
what is called a “dropped” mat where the bottom is wider than the sides. A good money saver is to have a piece custom matted to fit a standard size ready made frame. For my customers, I always mat my art to standard sizes, such as 11×14″ to facilitate framing. My art collectors love saving money when they order a mat from me.
What should I use for the molding?
Now the molding becomes a matter of personal taste and how to suit your decor. And custom molding (and fitting) is expensive. Therefore, always mat to the piece. With a neutral mat you could really go with anything for the frame but I favor bamboo style frames. Gold leaf frames are very traditional and pewter is more trendy and edgy. Some nice frames can be ordered online. A custom framer will charge you more because of the labor and other materials and finishing this is not something you want to do yourself. Your framer will give you a dust cover for the back, wiring for hanging, etc.
|Brown accents for boys room
decor. A colorful painting adds a perfect
pop of color to an otherwise subdued
bedroom. For more jungle art or safari art
follow this link.
Framing Works on Canvas
Do I have to frame my original canvas art?
If the artwork is sold as stapled on the back with sides painted, then you can just hang it on the wall balanced on a nail. However, if it is side stapled you will need a frame to hide the staples. All of my art on canvas comes with the sides painted so you do not have to frame it, but you may want to do so anyway.
I want a frame for my canvas art anyway. What should I do?
|Infuse your space with life by hanging
inspirational word art. With this piece of
framed art, you’ll almost be able to hear the
birds chirping as each new day arrives. A
black frame harmonizes with any bedroom
decor. Check out more bird art here.
Even if you work on canvas requires a frame, or you desire one for a more traditional or finished look, framing canvas is still cheaper than a work on paper or a print since you only need the molding, fitting and wiring. Again, gold leaf is still the most traditional route, although pewter, silver, and black are very popular too.
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About Stu-Art Supplies
This post has been sponsored by Stu-art Supplies which has been my personal choice for matting my artwork for nearly twenty years. Although they now have a website, I always like to call and place my orders the old fashioned way. As an east coaster, they offer me the best prices including shipping for clear bags, white mats and acid buffered foam backing boards. They also offer frames at wholesale prices. If you call, please tell them Miriam Schulman sent you! Stu-Art Supplies 1-800 645-2855
All artwork by Schulman Art
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