Correct mounting is essential for conservation and display of your work. Read more about selecting the ideal mount for your artwork
There are a multitude of contemporary or antique framing options to suit your watercolour. Read more about how to prepare your watercolour for conservation framing
Ideally, a painting on canvas is stretched over a wooden strainer or stretcher before framing. It can, however, be hung without a frame if you prefer. If your canvas is unstretched, that is, it has been taken off a stretcher or, has never been stretched, we will normally advise that you have it stretched.
Once stretched there are various ways the framing of your canvas can be approached. The two main ways are:
1. Tray framing: where the edge of the painting can be seen and appreciated by leaving a space or gutter between the painting and the frame; this method gives a more contemporary feel
2. Rebate framing: where the edge of the canvas goes into the rebate of the frame so that the edge of the canvas is just covered by the frame sight edge; this is the more traditional approach.
Many profiles can be used to frame your painting and multiple profiles can put together to create more complex profiles, additionally, a huge number of finishes are available; either ready-made or custom-finished. We specialise in getting the right period frame for your painting; contemporary, modern or antique. We also have a large selection of empty, antique frames for either contemporary, modern or antique works.
Although paintings on canvas or board panels are not normally glazed it is increasingly a feature of paintings framed for museums and other collections. The advent of modern anti-reflection glass and acrylic means that an added protection to the painted surface can be given without reflections obscuring the image. The glazing will be spaced away from the painted surface requiring that a deeper frame is used.
Be advised that if your canvas has been rolled it may have incurred some damage to the paint layer or to the edges but this does depend on many factors. Paintings that are un-stretched may have previously been attached to a stretcher or strainer that was off-square or was bowed along the lengths or warped. When the painting is re-stretched some of these complications may reveal themselves on a square and true stretcher, we can usually resolve these issues. If you have a painting with some losses or damage we can advise on having it restored. If the support canvas is weak or damaged paintings can be lined or re-lined with a new support. Paintings that are discoloured can be cleaned and re-varnished where necessary.
Restoration and conservation of prints, when expertly done, can produce excellent results. Learn more about conservation framing of antique prints
The challenges involved in framing coats of arms, or anything involving vellum, parchment and similar substrates, are numerous. Learn how to best conserve these particularly fragile documents
The framing of textiles typically requires the gentle sewing of the garment into a frame by a conservator. Learn more about how to frame your textiles
The principal concern for the framing of documents is style: contemporary or traditional. Read more about the framing documents
The surface of many digital prints is delicate and susceptible to damage. Learn more about how to protect digital prints with conservation framing
Posters were often produced for short-term advertising purposes and not intended to stand the test of time. Read more about conserving your vintage poster
From Christmas light bulbs to bricklayers' trowels, medals, cricket bats and butterflies – learn more about how to frame your 3D object
Learn more about how to conserve your precious photographs with reversable conservation framing methods