Here is photo of an original artwork that I have recently framed for a client and thought that it was important to let people know how artwork should be framed properly.
If art is not framed using the correct materials it can cause serious damage to the work over time and be very disappointing for the artist or the person who has purchased the artwork.
Here is a photo of the archival hinging tape that I use to hinge the art to the matboard. It is completely acid free and has no nasties that will eat into the art. It comes in various different widths and grades depending on the size of the art and the medium used by the artist.
Original artwork should never be glued down, unless the artist or client asks for it to be stuck down to get a flatter finish if the work is crinkled. Even then it should be mounted to a suitable adhesive foam board and NOT glued to MDF.
This is showing how the art is hinged to the back of the matboard. It is only hung from the top of the work as certain papers will expand and shrink in different temperatures.
Also take into consideration that there are different grades of matboards. I use a conservation grade matboard when framing artwork as it has a PH neutral core and face paper which will not affect the art over time.
The backing that is used behind the work is an acid free foamboard which will not affect the work compared to MDF which contains different glues and chemicals which will seep into the art over time.
The frame is finished off with backing tape to seal the art from any moisture or dust getting into the frame.
We also only use D-rings and wire for our custom framing as it will last much longer than cord and other products.
Here is a photo of the finished product. For this piece we have done a double mat using an orange inner mat to highlight the orange in the artwork.
We also offer clients a variety of different grades of glass and for original artwork we would suggest either a Museum or Conservation clear which both have a 99% UV rating to protect the work and mats from fading.
As this has been framed using the correct materials it will last for many generations to come.
If you have any questions please feel to contact us via email or phone and we will be more than happy to answer them.