Framing Pastels

Framing Pastels

Framing Pastels

Framing Pastels requires special handling due to the delicate nature of the art.  Before framing, a fixative is often applied to pastels and charcoals to help minimize the movement of any loose particles.  Even when properly fixed the surface can easily smear and any bumping can cause pastel dust to fall.  Framing pastels requires extra spacing between the art and the mat and glass to allow any dusting to fall without adhering to the mats or glass.  When framing pastels, it is best to avoid using plexiglas.  Plexiglas is prone to create some static electricity.  This can cause any loose pastel dust to move inside of the framing and cling to the plexi or get on to mat surfaces.  As with all originals, all framing materials should be of archival quality and fitted with U.V. protective glass.  Our staff have over 20 years of experience in handling pastels and charcoals.   These mediums are used for a wide range of art styles and subject matter and can be framed using any style of frame that is desired.  Our gallery features thousands of framing options to choose from.  Browse the numerous framed samples to help you decide the look you want for your work. We will consider the mood of the art and the hues the artist used when making recommendations.  Our designers will provide you with the expertise needed to ensure your work is properly protected and reflects your personal style and taste.

Stop in the gallery for a free evaluation.  We will assess your art work and recommend the appropriate method for mounting and framing.  We can help with some design options and provide a free estimate for your project.


Frame of Reference  – Picture Framing –  (610) 431-1450
1502 West Chester Pike – West Chester, PA 19382
In Historic Chester County, Pennsylvania