Framing of Watercolors
I was taught and have noticed that "presentation" is important to consider in all things, whether it be a gift, or a meal, or a flower arrangement. The consideration and attention to the presentation of anything has a significant influence on the enjoyment of the moment.
This is certainly true in the presentation of any artwork, especially watercolors. It is always my intention to frame my paintings so that they are enhanced and complemented by the materials and techniques that are used.
The watercolors which are painted on paper are framed in one of two ways, either with the edge of the painting under a mat, or with the painting mounted above the frame back with the edge of the painting exposed. Exposed edges have been embossed and deckled (see example below). In either case fine decorative and hand-made papers are used to set off the painting.
Watercolors on silk are loosely stretched between two "valances", top and bottom. The silk is very sheer and cannot be stretched in the fashion that a canvas is stretched. So, the painting is "suspended" over the back of the frame so that light can pass through the fabric and be reflected off the back paper. This gives the painting a luminosity that is lost if the silk is mounted to a surface. Fine papers are also used with silk paintings to finish the frame and accentuate the image.
In order to make an elegant presentation I use materials and techniques that frame shops don’t offer. I encourage you to consider my framing services in order to optimally complement and enhance your painting or giclee.