Oil Painting Workshop #11 How to Frame Oil or Acrylic Paintings
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Oil Painting Workshop #11 How to Frame Oil or Acrylic Paintings

November 6, 2019

Once you get the hang of it, framing paintings
is easy. Perhaps the hardest part is picking which frame to use. I’m Sarah F. Jayne, welcome to this episode
of my painting videos. First you need the frame, then 2 pairs of
pliers, a tape measure, a power drill, a pencil, 4 offset clips, 2 D-rings, 6 screws, and a
wire that measures 10 inches longer than the width of the painting. Plus, of course, you
need the painting. To begin, place the painting in the frame
and evaluate it. Check for any blemishes on the frame. There is a slight blemish here,
so I’m going to flip the painting around to put that at the bottom. Blemishes tend to
be less noticeable on the bottom. Also, be sure that the painting’s subject lines up
with the frame edges. For instance, when you have a building like this barn, or something
else that has vertical or horizontal lines, you want to be sure these lines sit parallel
to the sides of the frame. Sometimes you have to nudge the painting so that it sits kind
of crooked but looks straight from the front. Flip it around and verify that it looks straight.
This is pretty good. Next, I use the tape measure and measure 4-1/2
inches down from the top for the D-rings. I tend to decrease this measurement with smaller
frames and increase it with larger ones. Then I measure the halfway point of each side and
pencil in a small mark for the offset clips. Next, we’ll be attaching the offset clips.
Notice that these come in different sizes. This is a 1/2 inch offset clip, and this is
1/8 inch. You want to match the offset clip as close as you can to the gap between the
frame moulding and the back of the painting. There’s a little extra gap if I use this one,
but obviously this other one is way too small and leaves a huge gap. I find that I always
have to adjust the clips and that’s what I use the two pairs of pliers for. If you have clips that have a shorter tab,
that shorter tab goes toward the middle of the painting. I hold each end of the offset clip and bend
the inside one down. To check if I’ve adjusted the clip enough
to hold the painting in tightly, I hold the offset clip in place on the frame and slip
a piece of paper under it. The paper should stay in place when I tug on it gently. Then I adjust the others. After they’re
all adjusted, I use the power screwdriver to screw them in. It’s a good idea to have
an offset clip for each side of the painting. Sometimes on a very small painting, such as
a 6 x 8 inch painting, I’ll use only two offset clips one on each shorter side of the frame. Now it’s all snug. Take the D-ring, line it up with the tick
mark and screw it in. Same thing for the other side. Now I need the wire of course. I like this
plastic-coated wire which I buy in large spools. It doesn’t discolor and degrade like the traditional
picture wire. I’ve cut it to be 10 inches longer than the distance between the two D-rings;
in this case, the horizontal measure of the painting. I thread the wire into both sides
being sure it is centered. Then I wrap one of the ends around to one side of the D-ring,
then around the other side around, then back in and around. Then, I coil the remaining
wire around and around. Then I pull the other end in tight, thread it around the D-ring,
cinch it tight, and curl it around and around just like I did on the other side. And, the painting is framed! I hope you enjoyed this video. Many thanks
to everyone who has subscribed or liked these videos. This truly inspires me to keep on
filming, so thank you! I look forward to painting with you.

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