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Frequently Asked Questions
Do you sell your originals unframed?
I very seldom sell my original pastels unframed and would only do so to a gallery owner, framer or possibly another pastel artist. They are un-sprayed and therefore very fragile until they are behind glass in their frames where they are very safe with proper treatment. My inscription on the back states: "This is an un-sprayed pastel treat it as you would your fine china." which is a very apt policy.
What is your method for framing pastels?
I frame my pastels in two ways; both methods begin with smartly spanking the painting which is still attached to the backing board at the time. This removes any loose dust and provides an opportunity to see areas that may be in need of additional pastel.
I purchase frames with linen liners normally considered oil painting frames along with Tru-View reflection free glass. The pastel is attached with double-sided tape to a backing board, and with the use of frame spacers, I keep it separated from the glass while framing it like an oil painting.
I double or triple mat the pastel acid-free mat board and include a thickness of foamcore between the mat and the pastel to set it back 3/16 of an inch, leaving an area for any loose dust to fall.
Here's a link to a diagram showing the sandwiched layers. Click Here
Both methods require a strong support board on the back, such as conservation foamcore to limit the amount of flexibility in the painting, thus keeping anyone from pushing too hard on the back creating contact with the glass.