Setting up a new home, whether it's your first or fourteenth, often involves framing and re-framing art to fit it into new spaces. And professional framing, while it's a lovely luxury, is just that—an expense most of us can rarely afford. So it's important to get a grip on the best ways to do your own framing while still preserving your artwork so it will last in your new digs. Etsy's handmade blog, The Storque, has a great tutorial from painter and framer Michelle Arnold Paine, who offers tips for keeping your precious pieces safe...
Michelle not only reminds us of the importance of using archival-quality materials, but she also explains why such materials are necessary (and shows examples of what can happen without them... an effective scare tactic!). Here are a few of her tips:
• Protect your art on both sides, back and front. In other words, be sure both your mat and its backing are acid-free.
• Don't let the glass touch your art directly. Condensation under glass damages artwork over time.
• Never use masking or scotch tape.