Sharon Bamber Fine Art
How to Frame Your Painting
When you purchase your painting, it will arrive unframed.
Please take care to not brush anything across the surface of the painting as you undo the package and unclip the boards, as this will smudge the pastel.
- Pastel paintings must be framed under glass as they smudge if not protected.
- The easiest way to frame your painting is to take it to a professional framing shop. They’ll know how to frame a pastel painting. Please tell the framers NOT to spray the painting with fixative before framing, as this will ruin the painting and is unnecessary (most professional framers will know this). One of the reasons pastel paintings are so beautiful is the way the pigment particles catch and refract light. The use of fixative destroys this refractive quality.
- If you want to frame it yourself, I’ve included a set of instructions and photographs below that show you how to do it.
- It’s more expensive than regular framing glass, but I recommend using Museum, Conservation Clear or AR (anti reflection) Glass. I do NOT recommend using Anti Glare glass because it really deadens the colour of your painting.
About Soft Pastels
All materials used for your painting are archival in quality.
When protected by glass, pastel is the most permanent of all media. It never cracks, darkens or yellows. Pastel works have been proven to last as long as, or longer than works in any other medium. They will preserve their colour and distinctive matte surface for hundreds of years, with the same freshness as when first applied. This is because of the purity of the pigment with its minimal amount of binder.
Soft pastels are often mistakenly called chalk pastels, but technically there is no chalk within the pastels. Soft pastels are pure powdered pigment, rolled into round or square sticks. The bare minimum of binder is used, just enough to just form a stick. The pigment is the same as that used in oil paints, acrylics and watercolours but in a purer form.
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