Sharon Bamber Fine Art

Painting the Living Landscape

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.

FRAMING

  • 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.

Step 1

Lay a clean towel on a table and get your 9″ x 12″ ready made frame

Step 2

Lay your frame face down on the towel.

The width of the rear opening of a standard size 9 x 12 ready made frame will be very slightly over 12 inches

while the height of the rear opening will be very slightly over 9 inches

The depth of the rabbet should be about 1/2 inch

while the width of the rabbet should be about 1/4 inch

Step 3

Get your 9″ x 12″ piece of glass and lay it into the opening. It will rest on the lip of the rabbet

Step 4

Use a spacer such as EconoSpace and cut it to length to fit each side of the opening

 

 

Peel the paper backing from the spacer

and stick the spacers to all 4 sides of the glass, tucked up close to the frame so that they are hidden by the lip of the rabbet when viewed from the front of the frame .

Step 5

Lay the painting face down. The edges of the painting will be supported on the spacers, so that the painting surface does not touch the glass.

 

 

 

Step 6

Insert framing points. 2 on each of the long sides, 1 in the centre of each of the short sides. I use a framing gun like this to insert the points, but you can get points that you can push in manually to keep the painting in place.

or you can screw offset clips or mirror clips like this into the frame to hold the painting in place. You can get these from hardware stores and you’d only need one at the centre of each side. You may need to put a little bit of cardboard packing/acid free foamcore packing between the painting and the clips if there is a gap.

Step 7

Attach hanging hardware – available from framing stores or hardware stores. Screw the D-rings into place about 1/3 of the way down the frame and attach the hanging wire.

Step 8

Your painting is ready for hanging.

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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