Active area –
the part of the picture most prominently noticed, not usually central but one third in. See ‘crop’, ‘composition’ and ‘focal point’.
Art screen –
acrylic glazing with a UV filter. Shatterproof but expensive, & easily scratched.
usually pictures on paper but could be fabric or 3D
Made to measure, without compromise.
Box Frame –
a deep box to house three dimensional work
Clip Frame –
Glazing and a back held together with clips. Made down to a price Least cost method of framing.
the kinks and creases in paper.
the positioning of focal points in the artwork. Correct composition improves impact.
covering some of the background to improve composition.
Dry Mount –
bonding paper to a firm board to eliminate ‘cockling’. Not suitable for works of value because it removes originality.
Float glass –
glass produced without the imperfections found in cheaper rolled glass.
Focal point –
the part of the artwork you want noticed.
Heat Seal –
a thin film bonded to the surface of the artwork. Eliminates need for glazing.
the material from which the frame is made.
Mount (called a ‘mat’ in US) –
an aperture window bevel cut into a board to focus eye to artwork. The bevel on non-acidic board will not go brown
the channel cut into the moulding to hold artwork. Make sure it is sufficiently deep and wide .
Non-reflective glass –
float glass with an etched surface to diffuse reflection. Slightly dulls the artwork.
Pressure adhesive –
a liquid adhesive as in self adhesive tapes (eg masking tape, sellotatape). Avoid using next to artwork, adhesive migrates into paper and discolours. Eventually dries out and fails.
strip of plastic inserted to separate glazing from artwork.
Ultra violet –
the light that causes fading. Lots of it in sunshine..