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Framing Tips

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I'm often asked if I offer framing as part of my service. Well, I have done so in the past, but it's not something I offer nowadays for various reasons. Ultimately though, I believe the choice of frame is a) down to personal taste, and b) needs to be sympathetic to the artwork.

HollySo, when it comes to framing your portrait, I recommend using a professional framer. After all, why opt for second best after you've gone to all the trouble of commissioning a bespoke portrait that will be a beautiful focal point in a room? A professional framer will help you find a frame that suits both the artwork and the setting in which it’s displayed. . It's so much easier to choose  a frame when you can view moulding samples next to the artwork itself.  I only use archival quality mount board when mounting my work, so you don't need to pay for a new mount unless you want something different. A framer will generally use *glass rather than plastic/acrylic glazing and seal all gaps to keep out dust particles and tiny insects which can ruin a painting over time.

It's well worth paying a little extra for a professionally fitted, quality frame that will add a beautiful finishing touch to your portrait?

* Ideally, pastels portraits or those with pastel backgrounds should be framed under glass. Frames purchased online are usually glazed with acrylic which can make framing pastels tricky. This is because a static charge is created when the glazing's protective film is peeled off and this static can act like a magnet to household dust and pastel particles also.

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