Art conservation rant
Once you start selling artwork at certain price points, you really should stop making your own frames, using materials that aren’t artist grade, using paper and tape and glue that’s not archival.
Cardboard does *terrible* things to artwork. Masking tape does *terrible* things to artwork.
If you make your own frames, chances are a more serious collector (or a collector with strong design sense) will want to have your work reframed. Don’t gorilla glue your art into the frame!
If you buy your frames from Amazon or Michaels or homegoods or wherever, that is TOTALLY FINE! (So is making a frame) but do not use the cardboard matting that comes with the frame! It will burn your artwork. The cardboard or Masonite backing to the frame will also likely burn your artwork.
When you’re selling your artwork to people, it’s up to you to know a little about archival quality and really think about the life of your art when it leaves your hands. Do some research, swap out some materials here and there.
I meet so many sad artists and sad collectors, sad moms, etc who come into the shop with artwork that is falling apart, yellow, covered in brown spots because it was framed improperly or because it was made using the worst materials.
I’ve also had to spend a couple hours trying to figure out how to safely pry a gorilla glued painting on plywood off of a poorly made plywood frame— not fun!
I should also add that plywood is not something you usually want to paint on because it does warp and curl rather quickly! Makes it impossible to frame and hang!
You often waste your time and your customer’s money with mistakes like this!
Keep making beautiful things!