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FAQ

Here is some information on commonly asked questions. If you still have questions please feel free to contact me!

Orders

Do you take commissions?

I do not take commissions at this time. I occasionally reopen commission spots, subscribe to my newsletter for updates.

Care

Where should I not hang my painting?

To best care for your new painting, avoid hanging in:

1. Harsh direct sunlight - this can cause color fading over time

2. Condensation-prone areas such as in a bathroom that has a shower

3. Areas of extreme temperature, such as over a stove where it’s hot

How can I protect my painting if I'm moving or traveling with it?

To safely transport an original painting, the most important thing is to NOT put bubble wrap or any plastic/foam materials directly on the surface of the painting. Many materials such as these can stick to the painting and damage it. I've heard many stories of paintings being ruined by bubble wrap sticking to them :(

When I transport or ship artwork, I always start by covering the surface of the painting with non-stick parchment paper. Nothing fancy, the type from the grocery store works great. Once the painting surface is protected, you can wrap and pad the artwork as you see fit for your needs. I would recommend a couple layers of foam or bubble wrap, and then put it in a box for sturdier protection. Make sure the painting is well padded but not packed too tightly.

If you want to protect the corners of your artwork even more, you can purchase frame corner protectors online in various sizes and materials. Put those on the corners before wrapping with foam or bubble wrap.

Framing

Will my painting come ready to hang?

Original, framed paintings and paintings on gallery-wrapped canvas come wired and ready to hang. If you ordered an unframed painting on a panel, it will not come ready to hang. Please see below for display ideas and framing guidelines.

How can I display my unframed painting?

Unframed paintings on panels can be displayed various ways! They can be propped up on a shelf, displayed on a plate stand, or you can frame it yourself.

 

Plate stands are affordable and easy to find at your local craft store or online. Be sure to choose a plate stand size that will fit your painting to your liking. A tiny plate stand will not be very stable holding a large painting, and a large plate stand may look a bit silly for a smaller piece.

 

If you choose to frame your piece, I strongly recommend taking the painting to a local framer. It can be a bit pricey but they'll have beautiful frame options and will professionally and safely frame your piece for you. An original painting can be a big investment, and you probably want to protect it well!

 

If you choose to frame your painting yourself, please see below for framing guidelines.

How can I frame my painting myself?

I strongly recommend taking your painting to a local frame shop for professional framing and wiring. But if you choose to frame an original painting yourself, start by finding a frame to fit the painting. You can find a variety of frames at local craft or home decor stores. Choose a frame that matches the size of your painting, without a mat. It is not recommended to frame original oil paintings with a mat because even though the painting is dry to the touch, it can take years for oil paint to fully dry. If the painting touches the mat it is possible that the paint could leak oils into the paper, ruining the mat.

Once you have your frame that fits your painting, follow the guidelines below:

1. Never place an original painting directly behind glass, touching the glass. The glass can stick to the painting and damage it.

 

2. Original oil paintings are best framed with no glass at all. If your painting is on a flat panel, an easy option is to swap out the glass from the frame and replace it with the painting! The painting panels I use are usually a similar thickness to most frame glass, so just remove the glass entirely and put the painting into the frame in its place. Then replace the frame backing to secure the painting, and it's ready to hang!

3. If you got your frame from a craft or home decor store, odds are it has a sawtooth hanger. Sawtooth hangers are the zig-zag attachments located at the top of the frame. You can use this, but they are not the most secure hanging method as they are prone to falling off the wall easily which could damage your painting. For the most secure hanging, attach two D-rings (one on each side, about a third to halfway down the frame) to your frame and string a wire between them, then hang from a picture hanging hook. D-rings, hanging wire, and hooks are available at your local hardware store. Make sure to get sturdy wire (wire that has multiple strands twisted together, avoid single strand wire which can break easily), and wrap the wire securely around each D-ring a couple times then wrap the remaining end back around the wire.

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