Rabbit skin glue

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.

Framing drawings

Although drawings are traditionally mounted, they can also be floated or surface mounted. All delicate materials such as paper need to be kept away from the glass. The attractive edge of watercolor paper often demands exposure and floating and surface mounting are great options. In the case of floating watercolors a box frame solution is … Continue reading “Framing drawings”

Framing photographs

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 … Continue reading “Framing photographs”

Stretching Canvas

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. … Continue reading “Stretching Canvas”