Framing Paintings Tips

Framing paintings, most oil or acrylic paintings do not require glass or a colored mount. The string (or wire) is placed one third down the picture frame.

Framing Paintings Tips – Oil or Acrylic

Framing Paintings Tips

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Learn about framing your paintings

  • Framing paintings, most oil or acrylic paintings do not require glass when framed.
  • Most oil or acrylic paintings do not require a colored mount around the painting.
  • It is easier to paint a picture to suit a frame than to find a frame to suit a picture
  • A picture frame should be of the same style as the furniture in the room where it hangs.
  • Cheap frames can often be purchased at op-shops.
  • The string (often wire) for hanging the picture is placed one third of the way down the back of the frame.
  • Nowadays stretched canvases may be hung without a frame, it looks modern.
  • A dark frame will enhance the perspective in a landscape painting.
  • Varnishing – Paintings with a final varnish are less likely to become marked and are easier to clean.
  • Varnish may be gloss or matt.
  • Gloss varnish reflects light like a mirror making it difficult to view the painting at times.
  • Matt varnish does not reflect light.
  • Varnish can be brushed on or sprayed from a pressure packed can.
  • When varnishing, lay the painting face up on newspaper in a dust free area.
  • Pressure pact spraying may need 5 coats, the spray is very fine.
  • Use only Artist Picture Varnish.
  • The same varnish is used for oil or acrylic paintings.
  • A varnished painting may be cleaned using a nail brush with pure soap and water.
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    1. I am really enjoying your short videos on different techniques. I am so glad to have found your site. Thank you for posting. I have taken multiple oil painting classes with wonderful artists but they could not teach for a hill of beans! Thank you for being able to actually teach these lessons.

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