A few thoughts on framing watercolors

Two watercolors framed

I’ve been busy framing some watercolors for a gallery – framing them not in the traditional way with a mat and glass, but mounting the paper onto a panel, protecting it with Renaissance wax, and putting it in a float frame so it can be enjoyed without annoying reflections. I often feel that the glass gets in between you and the work.
This is all new technology. Many people have told me that watercolors *must* and *should* be displayed behind glass at all times. But I don’t do very well with musts and shoulds, and to me, the paintings cry out to be viewed without barriers.
Here are a few photos of my works in their frames without glass – what do you think?

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2 thoughts on “A few thoughts on framing watercolors

    • mineke says:

      Thank you. I’ve actually gone back to framing the traditional way with a mat and glass. Still dislike the glass, but the process of mounting, waxing and framing is quite labor intensive. This particular gallery was fine with my alternative presentation, but many require a white mat, and (plexi)glass.

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