FAQ: How To Frame Watercolor Paintings Ehow?

Should watercolors be framed under glass?

Watercolors are best off when you frame them under glass, and there are compelling reasons to do so. A glass front will protect the painting from dust and moisture damage. You might not like the idea of putting your pretty watercolor behind glass but even dust has the potential to damage the painting permanently.

How do you display watercolors?

You can display your paintings on paper by mounting your painting on board. I like the simple look of paintings on paper mounted on board, it works very well with thick watercolor paper or yupo paper. Mounting your paper on board is an excellent option if you wish to display your work on paper unframed.

Should you seal watercolor paintings?

If the watercolor is on paper spraying two even coats of the aerosol Archival Varnish (Gloss) is usually enough to seal and adhere the pigments to the paper. If the watercolor painting is on Absorbent Ground, then three even coats of Archival Varnish (Gloss) are generally required to prevent bleeding or streaking.

Should watercolor paintings be matted?

Because of the delicate composition of watercolors, we strongly recommend they be matted in light, neutral colors. Vivid, striking colors aren’t as popular. They may shrink your pool of potential buyers immediately. With most art, a small overlap onto the artwork – 1/8” on all sides – is needed to secure the paper.

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How do I choose a frame for a watercolor painting?

Choose a frame that complements the size of the piece after it’s matted. If you’ve added a four-inch mat to a 16 x 20-inch watercolor, your new dimensions are 24- x 28-inches. For these dimensions, a one to two-inch wide frame would look fine. Any wider may look overpowering.

How do you float a watercolor in a frame?

The easiest method for floating is to hinge art to a pedestal of foamboard or mat board that is about 1″ smaller all around than the water color itself. This will then be attached to the front of a decorative backing about 2″ to 3″ larger than the water color all around.

What do you put under watercolor paper?

Masking tape works best on watercolor paper, less so on the canvas, Yupo, and clay board surfaces because the paint can seep under the tape if it is not sealed well.

How do you secure watercolor paper?

Gummed tape is a better option than masking tape. Gummed tape will stretch with the paper but masking tape will not. Be careful not to drip glue from the gummed tape onto your paper, the glue will dry and cause blotchy marks when you paint. Tape the paper down on all four sides, starting with two opposite sides.

Can you stretch watercolor paper on plexiglass?

There is no need to re-stretch it on a board – just work on the loose dry paper for lots of control. When watercolor paper is evenly soaked with water and laid on the plexi there will be little or no buckling as the paper fibres all stretch the same amount.