Canvas framing in Reading

Canvases

Framing Canvases well can transform the way they look and the presence they have as a statement on the wall. For centuries artists have understood the power that the right frame can have in presenting their art to best effect, and dealers and galleries historically would always have understood that the best way to show art to a client was in the right frame. Sometimes this is overlooked or forgotten today.

There are many approaches to framing canvases, but the bolder the approach to framing, the more significant the artwork will look on the wall. We always try and help you see all the options, so that you can choose the one which best suits your tastes. The range of options for framing canvases which we offer covers a range of styles from contemporary tray frames through to opulent complex mouldings.

Whatever your need for framing canvases call us on 01189481610, email framing@cavershampictureframer.co.uk, or drop in to see how we can help you.

Stretching

Stretching

The starting point is always to ensure that the canvas is stretched properly on a wooden frame or stretcher. It is always best if a canvas remains on its stretcher, but if it has had to be taken off for transport, for example, we can make a new stretcher and re-stretch it for you. It is always important that the stretcher is strong enough for the tension introduced into the canvas during the stretching process, which means making sure that the timber used is sufficiently strong, and that there are sufficient cross pieces to give it integrity. When framing canvases it should be noted that over many years the subtle differences in atmosphere can, if care is not taken, cause the stretcher to show as lines on the front of the picture. To minimise this effect, we ensure that the profile of the timber used in stretching has a bead on the outer edge so that the canvas is kept well away from the wood of the stretcher. For valuable pictures it is desirable to use a keyed stretcher. This is so that the artwork’s tautness can be easily adjusted by tapping out the corners if it slackens over time.

Modern Framing

Modern Framing

When framing canvases, if the medium is oil paint or acrylic paint, we do not recommend glazing the artworks unless they are likely to be hung in a situation where they need physical protection. For older works or works by artists who have used fugitive pigments, this aspect of conservation framing may, however, need more careful consideration.

There are many approaches to framing canvases, but the bolder the approach to framing, the more significant the artwork will look on the wall. We always try and help you see all the options, so that you can choose the one which best suits your tastes. The range of options for framing canvases which we offer covers a range of styles from contemporary tray frames through to opulent complex mouldings.