View Full Version : Framing

Susan Jenkins
02-07-2006, 07:13 PM
Could someone please give me some advice on how to frame pastel artwork....

I am still new to this and haven't really been able to afford framing, but I now would like to possibly frame some pieces to show in a small local art show..... YIKES!!!.......

I've attached some of my pieces for suggestions.... THANK YOU!!!!


Susan Jenkins
02-07-2006, 07:14 PM
some of my files were too big too load and i dont' have time to post now..... the hibiscus is not done yet either...... hopefully soon....
any input is appreciated!!!

02-07-2006, 07:46 PM
I'm new to pastels too, but if you found a reasonably priced framer I'm sure they could make some wonderful suggestions. For the few pieces I've framed I prefer a simple frame so as to not distract from the work. These are wonderful pieces. Good luck in the show.


02-07-2006, 08:34 PM
i use mats when framing most pastels- one wide one in anuetral color that complements the work and an "inner" mat, about 1/4 ", in a darker color.
A simple frame is good, but simple doesn't have to mean boring. If the work will be for sale, pick something "generic"- not too dark, not too light, not too much of one particular style- you want anyone to be able to envision the painting in their home- it would be ashame if you lost a sale because the frame was too much of "something"- you know?

Also, the problem of dust falling from the painting and getting stuck between the mats and the glass is something you should address w/ your framer- I do my own framing and I use a piece of that double sided foam tape around the perimeter of my painting and put the mats on top of that so that there is a space between the matt and the work for the dust to fall in to. There are probably better ways to do this, but thats what I do, and it works for me!

Deborah Secor
02-07-2006, 10:27 PM
I suggest you go on over to our Pastel Library (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=65)and look there for much more information on this subject! Check the Soft Pastel Index (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=134750)for some discussions.

Also, here's a link to a recent thread (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=319317&highlight=frame)...and another (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=317621&highlight=frame)one from a month ago...and one from last November (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=309457&highlight=frame)... You might go into the soft pastels studio and click on search under the far right hand column above the number of views. That way you aren't searching the whole place, just soft pastels!

Hope this helps--there's so much already here on this subject... :)


Lady Merllyn
02-12-2006, 03:10 AM
I use two layers of mounting card with the smaller one underneath to create a small gap for any dust to fall into.

Also I buy ready-made frames - they cost me half the price and look just as good.


02-14-2006, 07:51 PM
some general stuff i've picked up--

a frame that's around 1.5 inches works well for things 16x20 and under. and i agree with another poster--simple but not boring. but try to pair it up somewhat 'commonly'--a gold frame works great for still life, simple oak for landscapes, etc. i try to think of the type of person who'd buy that style/subject of painting and what general style their house would be. a cowboy won't usually buy florals! but the woman who would most likely would appreciate a simple gold leafed frame.

mat size is generally double moulding width ie; 1.5 inch moulding gets a 3 inch mat, total size, both inner and top mat together. a nice plan is to also go 'heavy' on the bottom edge border, by around 1/4 inch or more. some reason, the eye sees the bottom edge looking thin otherwise. i also go nuetral on top, darker inner one around 1/4 to 3/8, matching the painting, but careful not to get too 'matchy', if ya know what i mean! i glue or atg tape mat strips to back of inner mat for the dust channel.

i always use glass, mstly reg. type. i use what's called AFX board to mount to--its colorless mat, acid free, and cheap. if you don't want to get a point driver just yet, get a couple packages of turnbuttons at a hardware store--very easy to use and again, cheap. can also get your wire there too. dont' use sawtooths, many shows dont' like them. don't forget the dustcover, attached with atg, and little bumpers--they keep the painting straight on a wall. and don't forget to put your business card on it too!! i glue mine onto the top left corner of the dust covering.

good luck in your show!!