Tips about framing and caring for your painting
Framing your acrylic painting
There is a very wide range of different frames that you could consider for your painting. Choosing a suitable frame for your painting is a matter of personal preference.
Framing any painting requires a little more careful consideration as it depends on the medium used to create the artwork as well as the type of surface it was painted on.
However, with any type of painting, glazing can create the risk of trapped moisture being absorbed into the paint layers of the painting or the type of material used to create the artwork, e.g. paper, canvas, board, etc.
Generally speaking, if your acrylic painting has been properly varnished, then the painting doesn’t necessarily need to be framed under glass. This is a personal preference but it is entirely up to you if you wish to add glass to your frame.
If so, it is recommended to add a ‘spacer’ between the artwork and the glass as it would help to prevent moisture from building up on the artwork.
For further information, please check with your professional picture framers.
Caring for your acrylic painting
Acrylic paints were introduced in the 1950s, a lot later than oils. The properties of acrylic paints vary considerably from oils, therefore, the process of caring for acrylic paintings is different from oil paintings.
Oil paints have been used in creating artwork for centuries, so we know a great deal more about the process of caring for and handling oil paints. Acrylic paints, on the other hand, are relatively new in comparison to oils and we are still learning about acrylics ageing characteristics.
Preventative methods are probably the best way to care for and look after your acrylic painting. Here are some general tips, but if you need more in-depth information I would suggest contacting specialists in this subject.
- Securely place/hang the painting in a suitable area away from direct sunlight, bright overhead lights, fireplaces, radiators and heaters.
- Acrylic paintings are not suitable to place/hang in bathrooms or kitchens.
- Avoid exposing your acrylic painting to extreme heat, extreme cold or extreme humidity.
- Handle with care and avoid touching the surface of the painting with your hands.
- The surface of the painting should not require regular cleaning, particularly if the painting has been properly varnished. Occasionally, dust the surface of the painting gently with a soft dry brush to remove the loose dust on the painting. You may also use a soft dry microfibre cloth to gently clean the surface. If possible, gently dust/clean behind the painting.
- DO NOT spray anything (e.g. polish, chemicals or other household cleaning products) on the surface of the painting.
- DO NOT use water or damp cloths on the surface of the painting.
- If you need to transport your acrylic painting, cover the painting surface with acid-free tissue paper, mat board, etc. (or whatever other suitable acid-free packaging material). Add a flat piece of cardboard on top of the acid-free tissue paper/mat. Add another flat cardboard to the back surface, for additional security. Keep bubble wrap and Styrofoam wrap away from the painting surface. Place the painting and its packaging in an appropriate secured box suitable for transportation.