Conservation Framing (or Preservation Framing) is a blanket term that refers to the materials and techniques used by framers to properly frame valued art and objects.
From matboards to glass to the paper cover on the back of the frame, our framers have all of the specialized tools and they know how to use them to present your art in the best possible environment.
All materials used in conservation framing must be stable, non-staining, and acid-free. All attachments used to support art or objects in the frame must be completely reversible, with no harm or any significant change to the art or objects.
What deserves conservation framing? Anything that has value to you, that you want to preserve in its present condition for many years. This might be fine art or investment art, or it may be a family heirloom. It may be your college degree—or it may be your child’s crayon drawing of a sunny day.
Conservation framing helps to preserve the value and condition of the framed art and objects you display in your home or office. And it usually doesn’t cost much more than standard framing. Ask us about our conservation services; we will be happy to show you what we can do.
Framing Art on Canvas
Although watercolors and printing methods preceded oil paintings on the art market, art on canvas soon was regarded as the finest of fine art.
There are many types of art on canvas on the market today. Oil paintings, acrylic paintings, giclée prints, and transfer prints are among the most popular, but there are other kinds, including egg tempera, oil pastel, and mixed media. It can sometimes be difficult to tell one type from another, especially because there are materials and techniques that can make one look like another.
As with any fine art purchase, the buyer should do as much as possible to learn about the art and the artist. The value is not based simply on the media used to create the image on the canvas. There are also issues of quality, rarity, popularity and the amount of pleasure the art brings to the buyer.
Art on canvas should not be covered with glazing (glass or acrylic sheeting.) It is usually best to leave the surface of art on canvas exposed, both to enjoy its texture and to allow oil media to breathe.