Here are a few facts about framing a painting on canvas –

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This is a ‘gallery-wrap’ canvas. The canvas wraps around the sides so it doesn’t need to be framed, in fact a frame will scratch the painted edges.  This style canvas can be easily damaged if not properly cared for.

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The back of a ‘gallery-wrap’ canvas. A hanging wire is threaded thru a screw-eye and twisted tight, then the sharp ends are covered with tape.

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This is a regular canvas. It needs a frame to cover the staples and finish the painting. 

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The back of a framed painting, ready to hang on your wall. Notice the painting is thicker than the frame, so offset-clips are used to hold the painting in place.

Guidelines to keep your painting safe –

  • Don’t lean the canvas on anything!  It will leave a dent that is very difficult to remove.
  • Frame your paintings in open-backed frames for protection.
  • Don’t store in the attic or shed!  Keep your art in a stable environment.
  • Don’t cover it up!  Canvas expands and contracts with temperature and humidity changes so the back of a painting should not be covered, let it breath.
  • Don’t let it grow mold!  For protection in dusty places the back can be covered with brown paper but corners should be left open to allow some air flow.
  • Don’t touch!  Oil paintings can take years to dry with exposure to oxygen in a slow chemical process.  A painting may feel dry to the touch but the layers underneath can still be wet.  They say some of VanGogh’s paintings are still drying because he applied the paint in such thick strokes.
  • Hang it straight!  Paintings are hung on the wall from a wire attached to the back of the canvas.  Instead of hanging this wire from one hook on the wall, hang it from 2 hooks placed 6″ – 12″ apart.
  • Enjoy looking at your art a few minutes every day!  Its stress relieving, and you did hang it on your wall because you enjoy looking at it, right?

Now that your know how to protect your investment, go buy a painting today!

Think you can frame a painting yourself?  Find all the supplies at you’ll need at Jerry’s Artarama

You can see some of my paintings for sale at HillviewArt

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Matting, Framing, what?

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Tips on Framing Artwork on Paper

Do you own any artwork on paper?  Drawings, prints, watercolors, and collages are generally done on paper.  Paper is very delicate and hard to clean, dust, or repair.  Paper is also easy to damage, it can be torn, get moist, or have something spilled on it.  You don’t want anything bad to happen to your art now, do you?  Well, put it in a frame today!

To protect art on paper,  it should be framed under glass but not touching the glass. If the glass touches the artwork, you may have problems with mildew or condensation.  That’s why you’ll need a mat surrounding the artwork.  A mat is an acid-free board, usually colored on one side, with a window cut in it to surround the image and keep it a tiny bit away from the glass. You can purchase cut mats individually or in a frame from most department stores or you can have one custom made at an arts & crafts store or frame shop.   The window in your mat should be big enough to show the entire piece of art, and sometimes a little more.  This occurs when a print is framed and a space is left around the print and the artist generally signs, titles and numbers the print under the artwork.  Many artists will sell prints with a mat.  Then you just have to get a frame to fit and match your decor.

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Matted Pencil Drawing

Matted and Framed pencil drawing

Matted and Framed pencil drawing

I hope I’ve cleared up the mystery of what to do with that drawing you bought last week.

Fine Art America offers prints framed or unframed for your convenience.  They also sell prints on metal, canvas or greeting cards.  Take a look at their large selection.  If you see any art of mine you’d like to order, use the discount code below to get 25% off thru 9/10/2014!

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Thanks for reading, now go look at some art!  Its good for you!