View Full Version : Framing soft pastels?

11-19-2006, 11:50 AM
I love working with soft pastels. But I don't like dealing with the framing. I started going back into oil painting thinking I could paint gallery wrapped canvases and not frame, but I just don't enjoy it as much. The painting has been sitting almost untouched on my easel for three days, and usually I finish a pastel painting in four!

After reading a lot about how to frame pastels (I haven't framed any yet) I am considering framing under plexi, with no mat, directly against the glass. I don't like the look of a mat, and I don't really understand why pastels need a mat, when oils don't. If the work is directly against the glass, how would it get any air in there for damage? (I heard that framers claim a work on paper needs to "breathe" why is that?) Some people tell me this approch is becoming more common, to frame against the glazing. What is your experience?

But I'm also concerned, what then if the buyer doesn't like the frame?

11-19-2006, 08:53 PM
wow, I heard that in framing soft pastels
1: you need a spacer
2: then a mat or two
3. then glass or plexiglass
because if the pastels touch the glass they can smudge and in transport, well in any moving of the painting there is a great chance of the "dust" falling onto the mat and ruining it...(therefore a spacer so the dust can fall in between the painting and the mat)... it is quite costly, guess that is why I have about 7 finished pieces sitting in the closet.
I have never heard they need to breathe... but, I do not see how you can compare them to oils... after oils are dry you can't ruin them can you? you varnish them.. well if you put anything on the pastels it really changes the colors and in my opinion ruins the looks of the pastels....If the buyer does not like the frame -- deduct the price of the frame and keep it for another painting and let the buyer pick out their own frame.....wrap the finished painting in glacine paper and hand it over......hope I have helped...good luck

11-19-2006, 09:04 PM
There have been a number of threads recently on framing. And the traditional and glass on paper methods have been discussed. Try a search for them.

11-19-2006, 09:08 PM
Here are a couple of popular ones:

11-19-2006, 10:10 PM
Thanks, I didn't quite know where to find those older threads. The information was very helpful.

11-23-2006, 03:47 AM
Hi, try this website http://www.frametek.com/HTML/Articles/pastel.html it has good information on framing in the "Free Info" section.

And http://www.aldridgestudios.com/610-Fixative.html shows how to spray fixative.