View Full Version : Framing a Pastel Against Glass

12-12-2018, 08:33 AM
I have taken the adventurous step to frame a pastel directly against the glass. I chose a small 8x10 painting that I was willing to "mess up" just in case the process failed.

But it was a great success! Below is a photo of the small pastel sealed under glass with Framer's Tape, prior to inserting it into its frame. You can see the step-by-step instructions by clicking here on my blog. (https://www.palmertonimages.com/single-post/2018/12/12/StudioSense-Framing-a-Pastel-Against-Glass)


12-12-2018, 10:06 AM
I used to go with pastels on hikes. I made a small soft pastel - press/drawing-board using stretchy rope and hardboard with slits in the corners. I would wrap the stretchy rope around the slits to clamp the work in between the boards and interleave with teflon release paper. I could throw the pastel around with no damage. Soft pastels can take quite a lot of down ward pressure. You can literally drive a car over the board....but not over glass.

Point is that I see no issues unless the glass breaks.

Acrylic won't break, but it can hold quite a static charge, and that isn't the best for soft pastels.

12-14-2018, 02:13 AM
I frame most of our work with the glass in contact with the painting, rigid backer on the backside and all four sides sealed tightly with framing tape.

Not a single one has ever developed any fungus or mold inside though none have ever been displayed in non climate controlled locations and never in tropical climates.