Framing Pastel Paintings: What are the things to keep in mind? Tips?
I recently did a few pastel portraits, I sprayed them with fixative, but I am not sure what should be done to frame them correctly. I always heard it's a challenging task. Especially if I end up selling a few, I'd like to deliver a lasting artwork. Do you have any advice?
I've done some pastel paintings and I used to work in a frame shop. I don't think pastels are more difficult to frame, but they do take some special attention. Here's a few tips:
1. Make sure that your artwork is completely covered with fixative. You might want to give your pieces another light coat, just to make sure you haven't missed any spots and that you covered the corners, etc.
2. When you frame your pieces, be sure to include an acid free paper mat with your frame design. The mat will keep the glass off your pastel drawing (if the glass sits directly on your pieces, it can smudge your pastels and can also create some static between the glass and your working surface.). Regular matboard contains acid that can discolor and damage your artwork over time. An acid free matboard will not. You definitely want to have them framed correctly if you plan to sell your pieces.
I hope you find some frames that work well with your pastels. I'm sure they will be beautiful!
In Art class years ago, one of our exercise to try different ways in framing and making our class work in Pastels marketable or just appearance wise, more decorative. With in mind that you yourself would display it for your own personal enjoyment or fulfill the request of consignment doing a nice piece for someone interested in your art and is willing to buy from you a piece that's done well, matted if the they suggest it and framed well. There are several workable ways to display Pastels! Whatever way you feel works for piece, remember not to smear it or get it spilled on, even if by accident. When you get tired. Stop. But your work up and covered to protect it. Usually sandwiched in between two pieces of cardboard. Until you are rested or caught up on doing other things and then come back and study it more on how you, your ideas, are going to present it for display!
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