When framing your work, it's best to keep the KISS formula in mind.
Even though you may feel at the mercy of a framer who is
mats and frames, it's important to remember you are in control.
have to be concerned with the presentation and quality of framing and,
of course, the cost. Simple is always best. Heavy, ornate frames may be
a decorator statement but they can drown your work and price you righth
out of the market. Indeed, the worst thing you can ever hear at an art
show is "Nice frame!"
When considering matting, pick clean white mats andn include the
all-important spacer between the work and the mat to let a work in
pastel breathe and allow pastel dust and loose bits to fall behind
rather than onto the mat. You can learn these pointers the hard way
through rejection. Jurors, even though the work may be fantastic, will
often reject anything with a coloured mat. Galleries can find it
difficult to hang such works and may also reject over-framed work.
Finally, prospective buyers have to be able to imagine the work in
their home before committing to purchase it and if the framer's
decorator touches are not what they enjoy, it may nix the sale.
Best of all, the cost is often less when quality framing is kept
simple but well done. Frames can even be reused for works of similar
size, a plus for thrifty artists. So when framing next time, follow the
KISS formula: Keep it Simply...Simple!
Try using super-fine, grade 0000 steel wool pads when cleaning glass
before framing a pastel. This method works especially well on the icky,
filmy residue often found on the glass after a long time. Try using
anti-static eyeglass cleaner on the inside of the glass to keep pastel
pigment off your mat.