Protection and conservation of your artwork is our primary goal at The Studio Shop whether you are framing a valuable painting, sports jersey, family photos or your child’s artwork. The mats, mounting and glazing are all important factors in the protection of your framed art or object.
Acid-free mats and backing boards are used exclusively at The Studio Shop. We stock a wide variety of museum rag matboards, the finest matboards available, which are made with 100% cotton fibers. For a wider selection of colors we also have alpha-cellulose mat boards which contain a calcium carbonate buffering agent. Inexpensive paper mats should be avoided because they contain wood pulp which is acidic and can damage your artwork with brown staining, called foxing.
Mounting and Hinging
Mounting artwork to a backing board can be done in a variety of ways and must be reversible to insure that the art can be removed at some later date. The Studio Shop only uses adhesives and tapes that are pH neutral and are reversible. Photos can be held in place with photo corners or solidly mounted with reversible adhesive. Mounting in a press has the advantage of insuring that the photo stays flat. At The Studio Shop, we also have the capacity to mount large oversize posters.
The glazing material can be either glass or acrylic and is used to protect artwork from damage due to moisture, UV rays and touch. Most all art work should be protected with glazing, though paintings on canvas are usually not glazed. Sunlight is the major source of UV rays, but UV rays are also found in interior lighting. To protect artwork from fading caused by UV rays The Studio uses only UV filtering glass or acrylic sheeting on most all framing jobs. Glass is an excellent glazing material, but if broken can be harmful to art and people. Acrylic is therefore an excellent choice for art that is very valuable, will be shipped or will be hung in a child’s room. Acrylic is commonly used for over-sized artwork such as movie and advertising posters because it is available in larger sizes than glass and is lighter in weight. Non-glare products are available to reduce annoying reflections which may obscure the art. For the utmost in glazing products there is museum glass and acrylic which is nearly invisible, reduces the glare without the etched surface of standard non-glare products..