Frame your Artwork! – Art Design Consultants


Frame your Artwork!

Posted on 09 March 2016

Custom framing is an incredible way to enhance the beauty of any artwork and showcase a diploma, and personalize the piece for your home to make it truly unique. ADC’s Master Framers take special care with each and every frame job to make sure that 100 years from now, your artwork is just as radiant as the day it was framed!


Receive 50% off frames this week at ADC! We're open:

Thursday, March 10th and Friday, March 11th until 6:30 PM

Saturday, March 12th from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM

Archival Framing

There are worry-free ways to show off the things that mean so much to you through proper, preservation framing. Archival framing will keep pieces that are meaningful to you, old and fragile, or original pieces of artwork safe from elements that cause decay, bleaching in color, and tearing.

ralph calhounClick image to see more of Ralph Calhoun's work.

Be Mindful of Matting

When matting your artwork we choose 100% acid free or archival matting. The alternative will cause what framers refer to as “slow burning”—the acid in the paper used with general matting can be abrasive and eat away at your artwork over time, causing irreversible damage.

"Today many people look at mats as an opportunity to add color to the frame design, but originally mats were neutral in color and used to provide visual relief between the art and its surroundings. More generous mat borders enable you to focus on the art much more easily."  - Larson-Juhl, Frame Manufacture

Bedroom decor, artwork by Hannah Sypniewski Click image to see more of Hannah Sypniewski's work.


Custom framing of diploma by ADC, Art Design Consultants

Dust of that diploma and showcase it proudly in any room! Adding a sophisticated frame is a smart way to add design element with a text heavy piece.  

Ta-Ta, Tape!

Any adhesive or tape used on paper has the same effect as non-acid free matting—it can cause slow burning and yellowing. The acid in the adhesive wears down the fibers in paper over time. To avoid this we use a process called hinging. Hinging is done with an acid-free tissue like tape, alkaline, or Japanese handmade paper made typically out of cotton, wheat, or rice starch. The fibers in hinging tape adhere to the fibers in the paper or matting securely and safely. Hinging is most often used for illustration and water color.

Home office decor with artwork by Stan Johnson

Click image to see more of Stan Johnson's work.

Rustic living room with artwork by Gerald Sprayregen

Click image to see more of Gerald Sprayregen's work.  

Glass with Class

You don’t want the glass to directly touch the surface of the piece being framed. Over time the moisture in the air will cause the glass to stick and ruin your artwork. To avoid this, use matting or glass/plastic spacers.  Glass spacers go behind the glass within the frame, separating the art from the glass. This can be done not only to conserve that which is being framed, but also as an aesthetic element that creates interesting depth in the design!

When choosing which kind of glass always choose conservation clear or museum glass. These protect your art from Ultraviolet rays that can cause permanent damage like fading or yellowing. 

White living room/sitting area with artwork by Grace Berge

Click image to see more of Grace Berge's work.

Be Aware of Backing

When taking on a framing project on your own, many will back their pieces with cardboard, wood, or regular foam core. All of these are extremely high in acid and can corrode your artwork. However there is such thing as acid-free, archival foam core which is what you would use when doing conservation framing. This foam core does not have the acid paper front and back, and does not have the core that deteriorates over time.

Also, when framing canvases be sure to not cover the entire backing. You want the canvas material to be able to breathe.  When sealing off the back of a canvas work you run the risk of trapping moisture inside which can damage the work.

Living room design with artwork by Hans Petersen Click image to see more of Hans Petersen's work.

Your Answers at ADC!

Our Art Consultants and Master Framers have pretty much seen and done it all in the world of framing! There is no project too large or small, too complicated or unique. They can tell you when archival framing is necessary based on the piece being framed. And feel free to ask questions!

Interested in ADC framing a piece for you?

Call 513-723-1222 today and book your complimentary art and framing consultation!


Receive 50% off frames this week! We're open:

Thursday, March 10th and Friday, March 11th until 6:30 PM

Saturday, March 12th from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM

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Meet Litsa

Litsa Spanos – loving wife and mother of three – is an established art consultant, award-winning gallery owner, custom framer and educator. In this blog, Litsa shares with you her love for beautiful things. She will give you an exclusive look into the world of fine art and the artists who create it. She will also let you in on inspirational design ideas that are sure to give your home or office energy, warmth and reflect your own personal style.




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