Saturday, December 8, 2012

Custom Mats and Frames for ACEO

 "Autumn Leaves" triptych
Original Watercolor by Michele Cooper
3.5"x2.5" each watercolor leaf
Price: $90 (for all three) does not include mat/frame

Also shown: "Red Orange Leaf"
Original Watercolor by Michele Cooper
4.5"x5.5" in acid free 5x7" photo mount card
Price: $48

After the intensity of creating a triptych of autumn leaves comes the energy-sapping task of properly matting and framing. I prefer that my collectors would take the original work to a reputable framer and have them do it. "I'm an artist, Jim, not a framer!"
If you do want to be sure that the framing is properly done, here are some do's and don'ts:
  • Choose archival, acid, lignin, solvent free materials to preserve the quality of original art
  • Select a mat and frame that gives enough room around the artwork to separate it from its surroundings.
  • Keep mat and frame colors minimal and not competing with the artwork.
  • Use a dust cover on the back and wire, not sawtooth hangers.
  • Never frame so that the artwork presses against the glass. Over time,  moisture will transfer pigments and ruin the artwork.
  • Never glue, laminate or otherwise permanently attach the whole artwork to backing. It devalues the painting. Framers have acid, lignin, solvent free tape for attaching it to the mat.
  • Never use cardboard or wood against the back of the painting. Acid erosion and foxing will damage the artwork.
  • Never spray glass cleaner directly on the glass. Spray onto a soft cloth and then clean the glass. Cleaner could creep under the frame and soil the mat and/or artwork.
Daniel Montoya has a very nice tutorial on DYI methods for framing these small paintings.

1 comment:

  1. As if creating the design isn't a difficult task already. Framing and matting is difficult if you don't have the right resources but even if you do, it takes a lot of patience and skill to make it perfect. Thanks a lot for sharing this. :)