Digital photo frames can be bought online and in store. Small digital frames are cheap and are perfect for photos and a no-fuss approach. Most bespoke framers have odd-shaped ready frames laying around or will be only too happy to make one up for you out of off-cuts. Don’t be shy! Ask your framer to […]
Rabbit skin glue is a rabbit collagen (Animal protein formed from the process of boiling the skin) It was traditionally used to protect the canvas from the damaging effect of an acid called linolenic acid contained in Oil Paint.
Drawings are traditionally mounted, although today floating and surface mounting has increased in popularity. Paper should always be kept away from glass to limit acid damage. Box framing allows for the attractive edge of hand-made watercolour paper to left exposed.
Hand made watercolour papers have very attractive rough edges. Fine artists often chose to leave the edge exposed. Floating or surface mounting being their preferred choice. To correct cockling in the paper (caused by water absorption as watercolour is applied) lightly spray the back of the paper with water and leave the paper under a […]
Choosing a frame for a painting is an art. As soon as you think you know what you want as a frame the sooner you will be confounded when you actually try frame samples against your artwork. Of course choosing a frame for a certificate or a black and white photograph is easier. Black and white […]
Black and white photographs usually demand either a black or white or silver frame. To introduce a colour into the frame or the mount only distract the eye and the viewer sight will be drawn towards the colour before the photograph and this is not good framing practice. A good picture framer will be aware […]
Stretching canvases is a skill that most art students in the past were very good at. As the cost of ready made stretched canvases has fallen, so has the general appreciation of the skill involved in stretching a canvas. In my day we made all our canvases and prepared the surface with Rabbit skin glue. […]