Setting Up Home: How to Keep Your Artwork Safe

Setting Up Home: How to Keep Your Artwork Safe

Susie Nadler
Aug 19, 2009

A photograph suffering the effects of mat-less framing

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.

To read more of Michelle's tips in detail, check out her post on The Storque, which is packed with other inspiring posts as well. Michelle's own lovely paintings can be found in her Etsy shop.

(Images: Michelle Arnold Paine/The Storque)

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