Corstorphine Art Group


The purpose of a frame is to support and protect your artwork to delineate it from the wall surroundings and to maximise presentation.


Prior to submission, give your picture a critical look over, dust down the frame and remove any fingerprints etc. from the glass. Having spent time and effort to produce it your good painting deserves a good frame.




These notes will help you to meet the standards required to give your painting a quality presentation and a professional finish.


1. Remember to sign your painting prior to framing.


2. The Frame: An extensive variety of frames are available from picture Framing Shops. Some framers will offer you a chop service for a small charge. Plastic formed frames are not acceptable. The corners should be clean cut and securely wedged together. Clean glass can be placed into the frame at this stage. A glazier will cut the glass for you (take the made frame with you for sizing).


3. The Mount Board should be cut from the back using a mount cutter which will produce a 45% sloped border around the aperture of the facing side. After setting your painting in place, secure its position with tape to the top only of the backside of the mount.


4. Cut the Back Board to fit snugly into the frame. Assemble the mount board, picture and back board together squarely and introduce them into the glazed frame. Check at the front and remove any unwanted dust or fleck then lay the frame face down. Using tabs or staples, close the backboard to the frame at intervals of 4" to 5" on all four sides. Then airtight seal the back board to the back of the frame covering the tabs with gummed or adhesive tape neatly.


5. The Cording: Measure the-vertical length of the frame and calculate 1/3 down from the top equally on both sides, mark the spot in the middle of the frame width and pierce a shallow depth with a bradawl. Introduce the rings, rotate until firmly embedded but not piercing the front and leave in a horizontal position.  lf you are using D rings, they have to be set at the same 1/3 level into the back board about 1" in from either vertical side of the board prior to tabbing the backboard into the frame.


Cording comes in varying thicknesses. Remember that glass is heavy so make sure the cord will be strong enough to support the weight. We use metal hooks to hang pictures at the exhibition. Wire makes for unstable positioning string can stretch and silky smooth finish cording also slips. Use picture framing cording please.


Introduce the cord through both rings and wrapping one end of the cord round the lower cord you will find it easier to tension and securely knot the formed loop with one tight knot placed about 2" from the ring not in the middle! The correct tension of the cord loop should just allow one finger to slide between itself and the back board - a loose cord will allow the top of your picture to fall forward when hung; the picture should sit almost perpendicular to the wall.


Check the presentation one last time both back and front.  Remove any marks as above.




Framing your artwork