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  1. What should I choose? Watercolour or acrylic paint?

    Watercolour paintings can fade over time and generally require glass in a frame to protect the painting as any moisture can reactivate the paint and it can run.  They have a much thinner, transluscent look and the painting and colours can blend and merge well with water added to the paint.  Watercolours can produce a more delicate painting.

    Acrylic paintings do not need glass to cover them in a frame. Acrylic is thermoplastic and once dry cannot be made to run with water or moisture. They can have a bolder and more opaque quality on the paper or canvas. Acrylics can be sealed with varnishes to help give them archival quality and can be UV and fade resistant.

     

  2. To Frame or not to Frame a Painting

    Framing is generally best using a canvas board for a painting, these are around 3-5mm thick and sit inside a frame without glass.  Regular and box canvas are a thicker style of canvas and are best used without a frame, although a new 'floating' frame style will fit around these too.  A floating frame leaves a gap around the canvas edge so it looks as if the canvas is 'floating' within the frame. This will suit a more modern style of painting.

    Acrylic paintings do not require glass as long as the painting has a varnish protecting the surface. Glass will create 'sweating' of the paint and can cause condensation. 

    Elloby Arts uses 'Regent Print and Frame' in Warwickshire as their preferred framing specialists. They have a huge variety of frames and each frame is made professionally by hand in house.  Pop along if you have any framing requirements as they are a nice friendly bunch.