Does my new Charcoal Pet Portrait need a frame?
YES!!! You will need to frame your Charcoal Portrait ASAP, and please do not take it out of its protective plastic covering before doing so. I actually recommend that your picture framer remove it at the TIME of framing.
Some art pieces, Acrylic or Oil paintings for instance do not need frames. They do not need to rely on the extra protection that a frame provides to ensure their longevity. Charcoals, Pastels and Ink drawings and paintings WILL need this protection because their surface and the actual medium on the surface is very fragile. The support, or paper, can easily bend or tear and the Charcoals (Medium) can smear and smudge if touched. Water would be devastating to both.
Also and most recognizably to all, a frame will give your piece a complete and finished look.
When should I frame my new Charcoal Portrait Cy?
Now!! Or as soon as possible. The longer you leave a fragile piece of art around unprotected the better the chance of it getting dropped, mishandled spilled on etc… Get it framed and on the wall where it can be enjoyed safely for years to come!
What kind of frame do I need Cy?
You will need A frame big enough to include at the very least A piece of foam core backing, one mat, a piece of glass, and the outer decorative and supportive frame piece itself.
Here is how it works: The paper the piece is drawn on will be mounted to the backing (Your piece was already mounted onto an 11 x 14 in. piece of backing for protection when you received it). A bigger back will probably be needed. The matting goes over this and it’s purpose is to keep the glass off of the drawings surface. and it provides visual enhancement. The Glass is next, and it will keep anything from touching the artwork. And the Frame will hold all of this together and will again provide a decorative finish to the piece.
How do I get this all done Cy?
Find yourself a reputable picture framer to do this for you. Do not try to do it yourself, It is not worth it, one mistake and your piece can be easily compromised or ruined. It will cost, but this money is well spent. Your framer will work with you and can give you many different options and sizes and price ranges. You actually will have an important say in how your finished and framed Portrait will look. Use colors you like, match with your decor etc…
Getting a new original piece of art framed is actually a fun and exciting experience!
Thank you for reading my Art Workshop By Cy Blog Post. Check back soon for more instructive and informative posts. And of course, please Pet Your Pets for us! Oreo, Cleo and Cy