Re: Framing/Mounting Original Art Strips (Score: 1)
posted Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 11:21 AM (#43719
This was in the text of an email from Dave when I ordered something from his website:
"FOR PURCHASERS OF SHELDON ORIGINAL ARTWORK
I'm a collector of original cartoon art myself, so the fact that you would choose one of my pieces really means a lot to me. And because I'm a collector myself, I've put together a few framing pointers to help ensure that you're enjoying your Sheldon original art for years.
These originals are drawn on acid-free Bristol board, which means the paper has the potential to last a very long time. The inks are all of archival and lightfast quality as well: either India inks (for the drawings) or Micron archivist's inks (for the lettering). But even the best paper and inks in the world won't last unless they're handled correctly. So please take a second to read over the tips below. And thanks again!
DISPLAYING YOUR ARTWORK
Most owners of original art choose to display it on the walls of their homes or offices. The question of how to frame comic art comes up frequently for both aesthetic and preservation reasons. Some people choose to take their art to a professional, while others frame it themselves. If you choose the former, it's important that the framer is experienced with handling original art. If you choose to do it yourself, here are some topics to keep in mind.
Make sure to use acid-free mattes and acid-free backing when framing original art. Some choose to "float" the piece on top of a solid piece of matte, while others use the more standard method of cutting an opening in the matte (the piece of art then goes between the matte and the backing). Frame shops will cut mattes for you if you don't have the equipment to cut it yourself.
In most cases, you'll want to attach the art to the matte (otherwise, it tends to shift in the frame). There is special acid-free tape (available at art supply stores) that can be used to attach the piece of art to the matte. It is important that the tape be used correctly, though. (I suggest that you create corners with the tape by facing the adhesive side away from the art and securing the tape to the mat with more tape so that no sticky portion touches the art.)
Also, don't forget to check the acidity of the backing board (use a pH testing pen, if necessary). If the backing is acidic, put a piece of archival quality paper between the backing and the art (or use better backing board).
FRAMES & GLASS CHOICES
Usually, glass (or Plexiglas) is used to protect the piece of art in the frame. The glass used, and the location of the hung frame in a room can make a big difference: even the strongest India inks will fade in the exposure of direct or strong indirect sunlight. So, I'd recommend hanging the piece in indirect sunlight, and using "UV" glass or plexiglass in the framing. UV glass is slightly more expensive than "ordinary" glass, but provides some measure of protection from the sun. Be aware, though, that UV glass works in one direction only -- there is usually printing on the sides of the glass that tells which side is supposed to face the artwork.
Now, all of this certainly sounds like a lot to do...but I include it for those folks who want to do what they can to protect their artwork. The steps above should help ensure that you're enjoying your Sheldon toon years down the road."
If you've ordered anything from his, you probably saw it there.