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That's how your finished artwork is presented that makes all the difference. While it is tempting to simply place your drawing in a finished frame, there are several things that you should take into consideration before framing your artwork to make sure it is adequately protected over the years.
Use acid-free materials
Any rugs, tapes or adhesives, barriers or supports that you use in designing your art or drawing should be completely acid free. Acidic material, after long periods, can actually damage the artwork in the frame by distorting the current paper or by turning the paper a yellowish color.
I prefer to use carpets with the framing of my drawings.
If an acidic matting is used, it should be backed by an acid-free material that acts as a protective barrier between the carpet and the drawing. There is a standard thickness that is necessary and preferred in the industry for this buffer or barrier. The same consideration should be given to the back of your drawing. If your drawing or art is constructed or mounted on an oxygen-free material, the barrier is unnecessary. Some frames use a foam core board for the back.
Stay away from black
As a rule, I always stay away from black, especially solid black - though it can work if it is part of a color scheme with a certain shape and if it does not exaggerate the drawing. It is good to have something that has a range of values, including molding and carpeting, which serves as a set. Even with the values and gradations created in the graphite medium, carpet or rugs and the frame can be selected to either compliment, subdue or emphasize a certain value or aspect of your drawing.
Always frame with glass
I would always fall with glass, but I would also spend extra money for the UV protection glass. But I would never use glass class or plexiglass.
The drawing should be cleaned well, remove stains, dust or eraser rubber fragments. To see if there are any small fragments on paper or drawing, look carefully at the surface from a certain angle so you can see them contrasting from the paper surface as they rise. You can use a brush or compressed air to remove the fragments from the frame material.
The glass must be exceptionally clean and must be tested for fingerprints, dust, hair or other foreign matter before being permanently held in the frame. You may have to do it more than once.
Let your artwork breathe
When attaching the drawing to the back cover or anything that secures its position within the carpets or frames, it should only be secured on the top and allowed to hang if a glue or tape is used. It should not be securely attached to all four corners or around its perimeter, as the humidity changes continuously and the paper has the freedom to flex, expand and contract. Otherwise, the paper will ripple or develop waves if it is limited in any way. These waves in the paper become very unpleasant when the lighting is directed or angled towards the framed artwork. The light causes marking and shadowing due to the contours of the paper. Some frames use a large plastic prototype corner that allows the paper to slide in and be secure in all four corners and still allows to bend. It seems to work quite well, as several of my drawings and illustrations using other media on paper have been framed in this way for a number of years.
Add a protective dust cover
After attaching the art and frame material to the frame itself, use a dust cover on the back to hold additional dust, spiders or bugs into the framed image tray. This is usually done by using a two-sided tape on the back of the mold all the way around the perimeter. Then a piece of brown paper is applied to the adhesive surface, as it extends flat when you press it onto the adhesive surface. You then trim the outer edges of the brown paper to fit and you are ready to attach your hanging thread before putting out your artwork!
Have fun pulling!