Framing problems

One of my very first pastel paintings, a copy of Frans Mortelmans Rose painting
One of my very first pastel paintings, a copy of Frans Mortelmans Rose painting

How do you frame your pastel paintings?

I was taught to frame pastel paintings with double mats / passepartout, normal glass and a light, thin frame. I am not always satisfied with that. For some work it is ok, but sometimes it feels, and looks, very old-fashioned.

Last year I also tried framing my big pastels against the glass, taped tightly to the glass so the painting won’t move. It looks good, I could not see any problems with it, but some say there might be a problem with humidity, maybe even mold, later on. Right now it looks very nice, clean and bright colors, no smudging.Pastels!

The alternative is using spacers, as I can read about in different forums, with a bigger frame, no mats. It would be nice to try.. but the problem is how to find someone in Vaasa who knows how to do it for me! It seems to be mostly watercolor and oil paintings getting framed here…

The glass is also a problem, museum glass costs a fortune, 200-300 or more € for a bigger painting, I was told!!! Some time ago I read that people use a new acrylic (?) glass that is lighter than the normal glass and has less reflections without losing the brightness of the normal glass. And here we go again, where do I find the framer that knows what these materials are, where to find them, how to use them? How do you frame your paintings?

 

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