A good picture framing job serves more than one end; not only does it provide a pleasing and esthetic means to hang artwork on the wall for viewing, it will also protect the artwork from damage due to UV-light, acidic environment, insects, moisture and dust

The table below is only a basic guideline, your framing job may vary according to the type of artwork you are framing or where you will display it. Your framing professional can guide you in the choices and options available.

Anatomy of a Framing Presentation

Artwork Type Mount* Mats Glazing** Frame  Paper, wire
Paper archival board with archival mounts Mats or spacers when necessary*** Glass, acrylic Frame  Paper, wire
Canvas On stretchers No mats or spacers necessary usually none Frame  Wire
Needlework/Fabric "Stretched" on archival foam board Mats or spacers when necessary Glass, acrylic Frame  Paper, wire
Specialy fabric (silk, antique) Sewn to archival foam board or hung from acrylic rod No mats or spacers necessary Glass, acrylic Frame  Paper, wire

*** Refers to the means and material used to mount the artwork to a backing
*** Glass or acrylic
*** To separate the artwork from the glass or acrylic glazing

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