Illustrations in Gouache

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A blog featuring illustrations and Custom Pet Portraits by Manda Wolfe. See pet portrait commissions in progress and stay up to date on studio news, as well as featured art tips and tricks.

Framing Your Portrait

My big project this last week was putting together images of how my portraits look framed. One of the questions I frequently get asked is how to display them so I thought the best thing I could do was have visuals for those that want them.

I personally love when things look simple yet modern and I think one of my favorite ways to showcase these portraits is a black frame with a white mat. If you're looking to be a bit more adventurous it's always fun to play with customization. In doing so, you want to choose a frame and mat that compliments the art. For example, the painting of the two white cats Melora and Malto looked great using a white frame and white mat. ( Scroll through the images to see more.)

Because the portraits are done in gouache I always recommend keeping them in the protective plastic sleeve they ship in until it's time to place them in the frame. This is so the art doesn't get dirty or smudge in the meantime! What I like to do is actually take a colored copy of the portrait with me to the frame store that way I can compare and contrast it with different framing and matting options without worrying about taking the original and possibly damaging it. If you order a portrait and would like a digital copy, please ask! I would be more then happy to get you one.

Another question I often get asked is whether or not they need to be framed with a mat, to which I respond yes! I would highly recommend it and here's the reason why: mats are typically used to separate the art from the glass, which is especially important in the event that condensation accumulates on the inside of the frame. The mat essentially allows the condensation to evaporate without affecting the artwork. Handy right? While we don't really have this issue in sunny Southern California, in more humid climates this is an art lifesaver and should be done with any valued piece.

Last but not least, always make sure to hang your art in an area out of direct sunlight. You might not notice it right away, but after time the sun will bleach both artworks and photographs.