Joan of Art
provides Fine art paintings, prints. bronze sculptures
area photography by Kenn Hansen in prints , canvas editions and greeting cards. We also provide
fine custom picture framing
from Shadow box to fine art museum hinging.
We have a good supply of picture frame moulding in stock to
make you nearly any size frame that you might need in a hurry.
With a Certified Picture Framer to help pick the right framing materials to help protect and enhance the viewing of what you need to have framed.
Not all Mat-board is going to protect art, you need to know that acid free paper mat will hurt what you frame over time. Rag mat will not.
Rag mat is made from cotton which does not have the wood resin Lignin. Lignin is a resin in wood borne papers which produces Sulphuric acid when exposed to light. The Lignin and Sulphuric acid is what makes a newspaper turn brown and brittle when left out in the sun. If you look at the back of the Mat-board samples it will say buffered paper mat which is what they used to call acid free mat. That is the lowest quality mat for quick framing of posters that you will replace in a year or two and don't care if they harm what you are framing. Rag mat will have a cotton symbol on the back of the sample which is very good mat-board. Above that is buffered Rag mats which are the best at preserving what you frame. If you are not sure how the buffering materials will chemically react with what you are framing it is best to go with straight Rag mat. If you have any questions on this feel free to ask. We are here to help.
Glass: There are many types of glass for picture framing
There are two types of traditional glass for picture frames clear glass and a glass that has one surface either sandblasted or acid etched to blur the reflection on the front of the glass. Some people call the blurred glass non-glare glass. Both of these types of glass are available with or without a coating on the back of the glass that works like sunscreen to block UV light to help protect what is under the glass from sunburn or fading.
Which type of glass is best is determined by three things.
1. If you are viewing the glass from the side the clear glass is better than the frosted glass. If you are mostly going to view the framed item from an angle of straight from the front the Frosted glass is better. The more mats you have the higher the glass will be away from the art work. once you get more than two mats under the glass the frosted glass will blur so much that a lot of detail will be lost in what you frame.
2. The color of what you frame. The surface of glass has a fixed amount of reflection and the artwork will reflect more or less light depending on how light or how dark what you are framing is. A white or light colored print will reflect so much light that the reflection in the glass will not be noticed that much. A dark print under the glass reflects much less light so the reflection from the surface of the glass is much more evident. So much so that a black print under clear glass actually looks a lot like a Mirror and you can see yourself in it almost that well.
3. If what you are framing will be in a bright area and you want to keep it from fading you will want to use the type of glass that has a coating that blocks UV light. some of the coatings will block around 90 percent of the UV light. In crude terms that should help your art last nine times as long without fading in the same amount of time as if you had framed it with clear glass. but keep in mind, if you have it in a bright room with nine times as much light it will fade just as fast as if you had framed it with clear glass and put it in a place with the proper amount of light.
If you are curious as to what level of light is allowed to preserve artwork in a collectors setting stop in and I can show you what the different light levels look like.
Again, if you have any questions on any of this please stop in or email me and I will do my best to help you pick the right materials for the job.
The materials used to frame an item will be determined by Physical and chemical makeup of that item and the setting it will be going in. The glass should never actually touch the surface of anything you are framing that you care about. And buffered mats should only be used if you know the buffering chemicals will not react and cause damage to what you are having framed.
I have not discussed color or contrast theories here due to their complex nature. I will be glad to help you pick what will make what you are having framed look good and not take away from seeing what you are having custom framed.
There are advanced types of glass that have the UV filter built into it and have such a low level of surface reflection that they look almost invisible. (almost) They are very expensive but for the right thing it is incredible. Stop in and I can show you how good that type of glass looks.
Kenn Hansen cpf
Certified Picture Framer
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