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  • British F1 Grand Prix drivers montage
  • Limed and painted frames for Tjili's art.
  • June(1):
  • Invictus Games montage (part two)
  • May(2):
  • Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary Fly Past at Goodwood.
  • Invictus Games montage (part one)
  • April(2):
  • West coast to East coast, USA
  • Scouting For Girls montage
  • March(2):
  • The "Wow" factor
  • Things in draws, items under beds........
  • 2016(8)
  • Surprise, surprise!
  • What is the largest picture you can frame?
  • October(2):
  • Shades of grey
  • Jurassic Petersfield
  • September(1):
  • How do you get a 1936 Rolls Royce on a ferry?
  • June(2):
  • Tipple ART
  • Are you a Scrabble fan?
  • May(1):
  • Medals
  • 2015(5)
  • Very large brass rubbing of soldier
  • June(1):
  • Fast and Furious Framing!
  • May(1):
  • BBC Radio Four talks about picture framing
  • March(1):
  • Hand drawn maps or illustrations.
  • February(1):
  • Stretching canvas art such as oil or acrylic.
  • 2014(6)
  • Repairing Plans and Maps
  • Jigsaw transportation and framing
  • Reglazing a veneer frame with a gold slip.
  • August(1):
  • BACS details
  • June(1):
  • Delivery of large pictures
  • February(1):
  • Matching décor and furniture
  • 2013(11)
  • BBC Radio Solent at the Petersfield Framing Studios
  • August(1):
  • Certificates
  • June(1):
  • Prints and copies of your originals
  • May(3):
  • Fitting oil paintings on canvas into frames.
  • The signs are encouraging!
  • Straightening out-of-square tapestries and embroideries
  • April(1):
  • Gordon Rushmer awarded the Rowland Hilder Award at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Exhibition
  • March(2):
  • Hand painted frames..........again!
  • Free Customer Parking
  • February(1):
  • Digital copies of photographs
  • January(1):
  • Framing Teacher website relaunched
  • 2012(12)
  • Scratch Maps
  • October(1):
  • Thunderbugs are go!
  • September(2):
  • Reglazing pictures with broken glass
  • Provenance and other information about pictures
  • August(1):
  • Medals - not just Olympic!
  • June(1):
  • Framing Sports Shirts
  • April(1):
  • Jigsaw framing
  • February(3):
  • To over-frame or not to over-frame? That is the question!
  • Hand painted frames
  • Very large oil paintings on canvas
  • January(2):
  • Favourite books on one poster
  • Unusual map of the United Kingdom
  • 2011(1)
  • 6 feet Papyrus Painting!
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    News, tips and case studies all around Petersfield Framing Studios

    Hand drawn maps or illustrations.

    Category: News

    Many of you I know enjoy displaying framed maps in your homes. I have been fortunate to frame some wonderful maps as a picture framer. I have also written about them myself a few times on this blog with regards to repairing them, framing unusual ones of the United Kingdom or even scratching them! Basically we are big fans of maps and cartography in general. With this in mind I have recently become aware of a very skilled cartographer who can hand draw maps for you to order. Kevin Freeborn's maps focus on illustrations within the maps but everything can be designed to your own personal requirements as they are all hand drawn. Here is an example of the village of West Meon.

    This simply represents a small detailed section of the map but please visit Kevin's website (called 'cartopicts') for more examples of some amazing illustrated maps as well as his art and photography. 

    17 March 2015, 18:25

    Stretching canvas art such as oil or acrylic.

    Category: Case Studies

    Canvas stretching is a project that we often get involved in. Many of us are lucky enough to enjoy holidays where large and often very affordable art is readily available to buy. Popular work includes oil or acrylic paintings on canvas. An issue that many people face is the logistics of physically getting the oil on canvas back home without damaging it in transit. Often the easiest way is to take the canvas off of its wooden stretcher and roll the canvas up. Then hope that the luggage handlers do not crush your case too much! This is not an ideal way to transport an oil as you can risk damaging it. However there often isn't another choice. 

    What can be a bit of a shock to the customer is when the canvas is brought into my workshop and they discover that they need a new stretcher bar for the oil in order to frame it correctly. This can be a significant extra cost but the oil should be stretched across a suitably sturdy stretcher bar system or else you risk damaging the oil painting in the short to medium term. Here is just such a project with some oils on canvas from South America. The images displayed are from two different size oils but the theory is the same for both. 


    Notice the extra canvas around the edge of the image which is essential to successfully stretch any canvas. Now we need to measure the size of the canvas and assemble the correct size stretcher bar system.


    Here the canvas stretcher bars are arranged ready to be assembled. The stretcher bars simply push together (with gentle persuasion with a mallet!) and have stretcher keys inserted into the corners once the canvas is attached to the stretcher to maintain the stretch of the canvas.




    Once the canvas stretcher bar is assembled the stretcher must be square.


    Once the stretcher bar is square the canvas can be attached using a staple gun.


    Notice the staples should be positioned diagonally so that the holes do not form one long serrated line which could form a tear in the canvas. 



    When the corners are stretched properly they should be fairly flat but this will depend on how much excess canvas there is available. 


    Now the real advantage of the purpose made stretcher bar comes into its own as the keys are inserted into the corners. As you can see when the keys are inserted and tapped carefully with a tack hammer into place this will slightly increase the gap between the stretcher pieces. This has the effect of slightly increasing the overall size of the stretcher bar. This effect will add the final stretch to the oil on canvas and make the canvas lay flat on the stretcher bar. 


     The stretcher pieces are also inserted at the end of the cross bars if they are needed (generally for larger canvases over 30" long). Here is another larger image with the keys inserted in both cross bars. 


    The keys may well need adjusting over longer periods of time as the canvas will initially expand once stretched. Also temperature change in a room such as central heating going on and off and season change will affect the tension of the canvas so keep an eye on this. 



    22 February 2015, 12:09

    Reglazing a veneer frame with a gold slip.

    Category: Case Studies

    This is a project that often appears with our customers: a picture with broken glass. It may well happen during moving home or possibly during decorating or maybe just time has had too much of a negative effect on the picture wire. In other words the wire snapped and the picture fell off the wall! I really like doing these projects as there is a real chance to use acid free or conservation methods and products to help preserve the picture for generations to come.

    Note the wire and how it has snapped. This is often because of the pressure on one point of the wire on the wall hook. The other concern is also what was below the picture frame when the wire snapped such as furniture or in one unfortunate customer's case, herself! Fortunately it just missed her when it crashed down. 

    The glass will more than likely break into several pieces at the point where the frame hit something solid. 

    It is also interesting to see vertical brown lines on this print which are burn marks from air bombardment. The brown lines appear where there are gaps in older wooden backings as can be seen in the first photo. 


    Care must be taken when transporting the picture frame with broken glass pieces in it as these pieces can easily damage the picture inside. It is best to keep the picture frame horizontal during transit so the glass does not slide about and scratch the surface of the picture any more than may have already happened. 


    Once the glass has been removed the gold slip will require attention where the broken glass has chipped the plaster covered in gold leaf from the wooden profile. 


    Next all the loose old backing paper needs to be removed from the frame so the new backing paper will have a clean surface to adhere to. 


    This may reveal more than you bargained for, in this case woodworm. The holes are old and thankfully the woodworm have well and truly flown. However it may be a sign that woodworm could well be present near to where the frame was hanging. Check your wooden furniture for small holes or dust below the holes for newer "guests".


    Next the veneer surface can be gently cleaned with warm soapy water. This will remove most dirt and grime such as cigarette or chimney smoke. The veneer will need to be re-polished to regain its original glossy look. 


    Once a new piece of glass is cut to fit the frame, the picture can be re-fitted into the old frame. Here a new acid free backing was chosen and the old wooden slat backing discarded. However we could have fitted the old backing on top of the new acid free backing to maintain the provenance of the picture whilst protecting the back of the print with the new acid free backing. Note the use of circular felt pads or bumpers, on the bottom corners of the frame to keep a small distance from the wall so that air can flow around the picture and keep a slight distance from any possible dampness in the wall. 


    The picture is now ready to return to its original hanging place. 

    13 October 2014, 19:05

    Jigsaw transportation and framing

    Category: Tips and Hints

    Jigsaws are projects that we frame from time to time. The jigsaws must be dry mounted onto a thicker piece of card so that they remain flat (and in one piece!) throughout the framing process. A customer bought in their jigsaw to be framed in an ingenious roll up storage device that you can easily transport the jigsaw without any concerns about the jigsaw falling apart. The idea is that you work on the jigsaw on top of the cloth.


    Then when you have finished working on it you can simply roll the jigsaw up until you want to work on it again.

    This must also have the advantage of freeing up the dining table whilst the jigsaw is being solved! I suspect this is a great idea that has been around for a while and I have only just stumbled upon it but it certainly beats the splintered piece of marine ply that I used to use for jigsaws!

    12 October 2014, 15:15

    Repairing Plans and Maps

    Category: Case Studies

    The saying "It is never too late" could also be the title for this article as the plan used in this case study was in a pretty bad condition. The plan is of a house and is dated from the 1930's. The customer initially thought that it might be beyond repair but a closer inspection proved otherwise. 


    The image above shows the overall condition of the plan. Note the ruler above the plan is about a metre long to give an idea of the size of the plan. The colourful jewels are paper weights to keep the plan flat as it had been rolled up in a tight tube for many years.


    There were several pieces of paper that were completely detached from the plan and there were also several significant tears in the paper. One of the biggest issues was the tightness of the rolled up paper as this made the job initially very difficult to work with so the whole plan needed to be carefully flattened under a heated press to get the plan as flat as possible. 


    There was also extensive use of Sellotape that a previous owner had used to try to repair the tears. This has to all be removed but the unfortunate aspect of Sellotape is the way it stains paper very quickly and leaves a residue of glue that is very hard to remove. Sellotape is definitely not recommended as a repair tape for paper. 


    Once the Sellotape has been removed the tears can be repaired with an appropriate neutral pH archival document repair tape that can easily be removed if needed and will not leave a stain. 


    The tears in the paper need to be aligned correctly and also the paper will tear unevenly so that one side of the tear will always align above the other side. This may also change along the length of the tear so care must be taken when applying the document repair tape to ensure the resulting repair is as invisible as possible. 


    Once the tears have been repaired the whole plan is laid onto to a sheet of archival repair tissue that is again easily reversible. The end result is a far more viewable plan which could now be framed. As the beginning of this case study announced, it's never too late but that sentence should have the word "almost" added to it!


    05 October 2014, 18:53

    BACS details

    Category: News

    For those of you that like to pay via BACS or your online banking systems here are my BACS details:


    Bank: Santander

    Sort Code: 09-01-28

    Account no: 20070774

    Ref: Your order number


    You will find this order number either on your pink receipt or on your invoice. If you cannot find your order number please put the name that the order would have been taken under. Just a quick reminder about payment methods as I DO NOT accept payment via cards. This is because of the high charges that businesses have to pay in order to accept card payments. Thank you for your understanding.

    17 August 2014, 12:21

    Delivery of large pictures

    Category: Tips and Hints

    Sometimes it can be a bit of a surprise just how large your pictures can turn out to be once they are framed. They may arrive to you in a tube and the picture appears fairly small. You might have unwrapped it at home but then might feel a little worried about creasing the picture as it is rolled so tightly in the tube and wisely leave the unrolling until the picture framers. Plus the size will increase if you have selected an overmount and perhaps a fairly wide moulding profile. All things considered the picture may not now easily fit into your car when you come to collect it. If you have a car that the seats fold down flat that is always the best way to transport your framed picture back to it's new home. The picture may fit upright on the back seat and this may seem tempting but be careful if you have a reasonable distance to drive and need to brake suddenly as the picture can shoot forwards and the picture could be damaged. Sometimes customers collect their pictures whilst doing other errands (quite understandably as we all have busy lives!). Hence their cars are often filled with shopping and 'little people' which can mean the pictures cannot safely be transported back home. Here we can help with a delivery service. I tend to not charge for this service if the customer's home is more or less on my way home and can be delivered at a time to suit both parties. However if the picture is too large for my van (which will only fit a framed and packed picture 66" long) then you may need the services of a courier. We have access to a highly recommended service and they generally charge around £25 for a local delivery in and around the Petersfield area. Something to consider as the last thing you want after having your picture professionally framed is for the picture to then be damaged in transit.

    03 June 2014, 15:18

    Matching décor and furniture

    Category: Tips and Hints

    When choosing a frame or a mount for your picture you may wish to match an existing frame in your home or possibly the décor in the room that your picture will hang. A very good way to match existing frames is to bring along your old frame to our workshop when you visit. If your picture is too big or it is not practical you can always take a digital photo of the frame and e-mail it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you are in doubt you can always borrow our samples and see which is the exact or nearest match. Additionally when using stained or plain wood it is probably best to compare our samples with your furniture to ensure a good match. Another great idea suggested by a recent customer is to bring in some of your furniture to ensure a suitable match. In this case the customer bought in a pillow from her sofa. It may seem a little over the top but it is incredibly easy to think that the colour frame chosen looks the perfect match only to discover when you get home that the match wasn't quite as good as you had hoped! I am not expecting you all to bring in your oak kitchen tables for matching purposes but please feel free to use any of the above methods to ensure a good match with your décor.  

    23 February 2014, 16:27

    BBC Radio Solent at the Petersfield Framing Studios

    Category: News

    A bit of an unusual hour this morning at the workshop as BBC Radio Solent popped in for an interview about priceless Christmas presents that people might have framed. They had an idea about really thoughtful presents for Christmas for people that are really difficult to buy for. This they thought might involve having something priceless (i.e. sentimental value) framed as a present for loved ones. Quite right too. I would say the vast majority of the items that we frame are priceless to the people that have them framed. They may not mean as much to anyone else but it is all about sentimental value at our workshop. So a really nice chap from BBC Radio Solent called Alun Newman contacted me with a rough idea of an informal, fun interview with a bit of free publicity for us. Great! Just brilliant timing for Christmas too. The techie bit of the radio connection is all very clever with a broadband linked kit which the interview was conducted through. The DJ was Alex Dyke from BBC Radio Solent. The interview might get a bit hung up on whether Jimmy was a canary or a budgie or whether someone might frame a telephone box but all in all a good laugh! Here is a photo taken by my good friend Stephane Rocher of me mid-interview (Notice Carol working hard in the background!).

    You can listen to the interview right here. Hope you enjoy!



    31 October 2013, 21:05


    Category: Case Studies

    When you first think about certificates perhaps you could be forgiven for believing they are not the most exciting pictures that can be framed. However, is that really fair when you think about what that person had to ordeal to be awarded that certificate? I have been fortunate enough to frame certificates for people that mark some extraordinary efforts on the part of the recipient. For example I have framed indentures giving people freedoms of cities, Doctorate certificates, armed forces commissions along with other academic and professional qualifications to name but a few. What inspired me to write about certificates is perhaps the way that we are very bad at celebrating our own achievements. My own professional qualifications are on display in my workshop but I must confess that the primary reason was to provide examples of how to frame certificates and not to show off my achievements! I recently framed a customer's son's black belt at karate certificate. The amount of time, dedication and effort to achieve that is an amazing commitment and it is only right that the certificate should be displayed in a prominent place in the customer's home. A far smaller achievement was recently accomplished by myself when I passed my Grade One piano exam. It may not sound an awful lot but it means a lot to me and the resulting certificate has taken pride of place next to my keyboard at home! They do not have to be framed in a 24 carat gold leaf frame (unless you want to!) but they can look really effective with just a simple mount and frame. I always think a certificate framed straight into a narrow black frame almost looks like you are ashamed of the achievement so be bold and show off your skills with a suitable mount and frame.

    21 August 2013, 20:46