Appropriate framing is important to both the presentation and longevity of your painting. That's why we work with Art Partners, Inc., in Clarksville, MD. They are specialists in archival framing, and offer a wide range of frame choices. An allowance for framing is included in the price of your painting. This page will show you some of the steps involved in framing your artwork.
Seen above, framer Cristina Green stretches a painting onto stretcher bars. This keeps the painting taut and flat when it is mounted into the frame.
Next, the frame is assembled with both glue and metal fasteners using a precision jointer. The frame shown is hardwood, made in Italy.
Frame sealing tape is then applied to the interior rabbet of the frame, to keep any naturally occurring acids in the wood from coming in contact with the painting. Acid-free framing techniques are important to preserve the painting and help ensure a long life.
The painting, now mounted onto stretcher bars, is then placed inside of the frame.
Metal stays are fastened around the perimeter to securely mount the stretched painting into the frame.
A two-sided adhesive strip is applied to prepare the frame to receive its backing.
A Tyvek® backing, similar to the construction material used to waterproof homes, is applied to the back of the frame. This will help to prevent incursion from the back by any moisture or insects.
Coated wire is affixed to metal brackets on each side of the frame, for secure mounting to your wall.
Finally, a pocket is created with a second layer of Tyvek® to hold the artist-signed care sheet that ships with your painting.
Your archivally framed oil painting is now ready to hang.