Custom White Picture Frame for Pat Steir Artwork

Posted on November 10, 2020 by Bethany Hughes

Best Pat Steir Custom Float Frame, Made by Frames and Stretchers NYC

Custom White Picture Frame for a Pat Steir Print

One of the most rewarding parts of working with fine art conservation and offering the best custom framing and canvas stretching in New York City, New Haven CT and Miami, is the opportunity to work one-on-one with clients and collectors to create beautiful designs for each artwork. 

We cherish being able to protect and preserve each artwork’s longevity and archival quality while creating innovative and modern framing designs that will leave a lasting impression in any collection. 

It was an absolute pleasure to build a custom white picture frame for this gorgeous Photogravure aquatint pochoir print by the legendary American painter and printmaker Pat Steir. To create this framing project, we used maple hardwood painted in white and added museum glass to achieve supreme clarity. Then, we float mounted the print on museum board using Japanese paper hinging and rice paste. This style of hinging ensures the artwork will not be damaged in the process, while providing a reinforced seal that will secure the artwork for generations to come. 

All of our artisan conservation techniques are executed with the utmost care and respect for your artwork and fully reversible, should you wish to change the design in the future your artwork will always be protected.

Come take a visit at our Frames and Stretchers studios to compare framing options in Lower East Side, located within the historic Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Education Center. Our designers are happy to provide recommendations for the best archival materials and expert craftsmanship with all varieties of framing preferences and have years of experience to discuss which framing or stretching solutions will complement your piece best. 

Need an on-site installation for your project? Our team of professionals is experts in fine art installation and international shipping logistics. We are experienced in creating the best custom-fitted art crates to protect valuable works for travel, and have worked with countless galleries, museums and institutions with verified 5 star results and reviews. 

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For all your art delivery, installation, and shipping needs our Art Delivery Van and team of professional fine art handlers is at your service

Our team also specializes in creating the very best art restorations, interlocking and keyed stretchers, hand carved and gilded frames, plexiglass frames, shadowbox, welded steel, bronze and aluminum frames, and round, oval, circle, closed corner frames and of course, any custom shaped frames and stretchers you can imagine! Looking for something more? We love customizing our frames, stretchers, and services exactly to our client’s wishes.

Our team and Art Delivery Van will be happy to meet you at your convenience to assist with any fine art delivery or on-site installation. At all of our Frames and Stretchers studios in New York City, New Haven CT and Miami, we strive to make sure our clients will be completely satisfied, with our personal service and impeccable framing and stretching designs that will fit perfectly and look amazing in your space. 

Have any further questions about how we can assist you with your fine art conservation, framing, or canvas stretching project? Please Contact Us Here for a quote, or give us a call at (347) 705-0081 - We look forward to speaking with you about your next project!

Posted in #Art Delivery Van, #Frames and Stretchers, aquatint, archival framing, conservation techniques, Floater frames, gallery white frames, Japanese Paper Hinging, Pat Steir, photogravure, pochoir print, Rice Paste, The Clemente

Perimeter Mounting for Art on Paper

Posted on October 27, 2020 by Bethany Hughes

At Frames and Stretchers, conservation of artwork is our trademark and top priority. One of our conservation techniques to ensure the damage-free and archival framing of delicate works on paper is called Perimeter Mounting.


Archival Perimeter Mounting for this personal letter dated 1996

We use Japanese paper and secured a binding around the piece with a series of expert folds. Applying rice paste to the Japanese paper adheres the artwork safely and securely to the matboard. This ensures no part of the artwork directly receives any glue or treatments that could cause discoloration or fading over time.

When we frame works on paper using Perimeter Mounting with the Japanese paper and rice paste method, the final results will be the highest quality conservation framing, 100% archival and reversible, should you wish to change the framing style over time. 

best-preservtion-conservation-framing-perimeter-mounting-by-frames-and-stretchers-nycPreparing folds with Japanese Rice Paper for Archival Perimeter Mounting 

We are proud to offer the best custom picture framing and museum quality conservation for works of all mediums, shapes and sizes. For this project using Perimeter Mounting, our client wanted the maximum surface area of the paper to be showing, with a custom matboard chosen to compliment the tones of the original piece. 

Watch below for an in depth look at how we created Perimeter Mounting for this handwritten heirloom on paper.

Our team created this custom Perimeter Mounting for a personal letter on paper, using 100% archival and damage-free conservation techniques

Have any questions about the right framing options for your piece? One of our framing experts would be happy to speak with you about your project. We have the best reputation for conservation framing and canvas stretching in New York City, New Haven, and Miami.

All of our frames and stretchers are fully customizable to exactly your wishes. We also offer the most trusted fine art shipping logistics for US and International travel, custom-fitted art crates, and our Art Delivery Van for the white-glove delivery and installation of artwork directly to your home, office, or gallery. 

Please feel free to connect with us by calling 
347-705-0081, or we also have the option for our loyal and new clients to book a free Video Consultation with one of our framing team members, who will be happy to provide recommendations and answer any questions relating to your next custom framing or stretching project. 


Custom Perimeter Mounted artwork, ready for framing in our Lower East Side Studio in the Clemente Building, 107 Suffolk St, Suite 303

We would love to see you at any of our studios located in New York City; New Haven, Connecticut; and Wynwood Miami! 

Contact Us Here for a quote and ensure your artwork and memories will be preserved with the utmost care, respect, and conservation for your project. We look forward to speaking with you!

Posted in #Frames and Stretchers, archival framing, Art conservation, art delivery van, Art on Paper, Custom Framing, Damage-Free Mounting, Japanese paper, Matboard, nyc, Perimeter Mounting

Custom Shadowbox Frames for Two John Baldessari Lithographs

Posted on October 12, 2020 by Bethany Hughes


“I go back and forth between wanting to be abundantly simple and maddeningly complex” - John Baldessari

We recently had the opportunity to custom frame two stunning and thought-provoking lithographs by the American conceptual artist John Baldessari. At Frames and Stretchers, we are honored to partner with collectors, artists and galleries to offer the best museum quality custom picture framing, canvas stretching, and fine art conservation and installation services in New York City, Miami, and New Haven CT. 

To frame these historic lithographs, each artwork was floated on museum board using archival Japanese paper hinging. This archival technique allows conservationists to safely and securely mount a print to a matboard or museum board using 100% acid-free archival materials. The custom hinging process is completely reversible also so you can change the frame or remove the print if you wished for a different style of framing in the future.

A classic and contemporary gallery black hardwood frame was chosen to highlight the vibrant colors and filmic textures of these gorgeous lithographs by Baldessari. The first piece is titled “Two Opponents (Blue and Yellow)” made by Baldessari in 2004 as part of a limited edition on 164 signed lithographs on Rives BFK wove paper.

Details of John Baldessari's Lithograph "Two Opponents (Blue and Yellow)" custom float mounted with Japanese rice paper hinging and a gallery black hardwood shadowbox frame

We framed this work using a float mount on warm white acid free museum board, with foamcore spacers and shadowbox museum glass that is 99% UV Protective and anti-reflective. A 2” margin on the museum board with Japanese paper hinging gives this framing design a breathable and balanced border, enhancing the edges and artist signature on the piece.


Frames and Stretchers Created the Best Custom Shadowbox Frames in Gallery Black Hardwood for John Baldessari Lithograph, from "Hands and Feet" 2017 series

One of the most rewarding parts of working in custom and conservation framing is the ability to work one on one with clients to create beautiful esthetic framing with the highest quality conservation to keep artwork protected and enhanced for generations to come.

Take an inside look in our NYC studio to see how we created these custom shadbowbox floater frames for two John Baldessari Lithographs!

For any questions about framing options for your artwork or collection, one of our experts would be happy to speak with you about your project. Please feel free to view some of our 5 Star Reviews for hearing more of our clients trusted experiences working with us for the best conservation framing and canvas stretching with studios in New York City, New Haven, and Miami.

The final results of custom framing stunning lithography by John Baldessari

All of our frames and stretchers can be made fully customizable to exactly your artwork’s dimensions as well as your framing goals and wishes. At Frames and Stretchers we also provide fine art shipping logistics for US and International travel, custom-fitted art crates, and our Art Delivery Van with a team of professional framers and art handlers at your service for on-site installation and delivery.

Any further questions about our custom picture framing, canvas stretching and installation services? We would love to connect and hear from you. Please feel free to Contact Us Here give us a call at 347-705-0081. We also have the option to book a free Video Consultation with one of our team members, who will be happy to provide recommendations and answer any questions relating to your next custom framing or stretching project.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Posted in #Frames and Stretches, archival framing, Art conservation, Art on Paper, Conceptual Art, Floater frames, Japanese paper, John Baldessari, Lithography, Lower East Side, modern art, shadowbox frame

Custom Picture Framing for Mr. Brainwash Using Float Mount Technique

Posted on July 31, 2020 by Bethany Hughes

Our team created this custom floater frame for Mr. Brainwash Artwork

One of our latest projects we loved was getting to build the best custom picture frame for this Mr. Brainwash piece for a collector in New York City. At our Frames and Stretchers studios in NYC, New Haven and Miami, conservation of artwork is our highest priority. All the materials we use are 100% archival, with many options available for customizing picture framing and canvas stretching exactly to our client’s wishes.

We love working one on one with artists and collectors to build the highest quality canvas stretchers and custom picture frames that will enhance and protect your artwork’s longevity for many years to come.


Our expert craftsman fitting this artwork for custom hinging and rice paper mounting, to ensure the best archival conservation for an artwork by Mr. Brainwash

When investing in fine art, the importance of UV-Protective Museum Glass or Optium Museum Plexiglass and archival picture framing will add value to your piece by making sure the artworks will retain their integrity, color, and shape and be protected from damage that can occur with environmental affects, sunlight, dust and transportation.

Any of our extensive selections of custom picture frames in New York City including welded steel, plexiglass, wood and metal can be custom made to suit each artwork’s dimensions, tones, and framing goals. Come visit our studio in the vibrant art community of The Clemente Building, Suite 303 107 Suffolk Street—one of our framing experts will be happy to speak with you about your project and show you the beautiful collection of framing options we have available, or give us a call at 347-705-0081 for a quote.

Every detail counts: Your artwork will be in trusted hands with the highest quality 100% Archival Picture Framing in NYC, New Haven and Miami

To create this custom picture frame for this Mr. Brainwash piece, we floated the artwork using Japanese paper and rice paste Float mounting techniques, which ensures the stability of the work will endure beautifully over time. For custom framing a larger artwork such as this one by Mr. Brainwash, three different types of hinging were used including pull through and V-hinging to allow the raw edges of the artwork to appear floating on mattboard inside a closed corner shadowbox frame.

As the artwork was painted with layers of collage, mixed media, cartoons and cardboard, our client wanted to see the piece floated, where the edges of the artwork are exposed for a beautiful and clean finish. Check out our process to create this framing finish using Japanese rice paper mounting techniques!

Take an inside look at the Frames and Stretchers Studio as we build this custom shadowbox frame with Japanese rice paper mounting for a Mr. Brainwash artwork!

We build all of our projects in-house with 100% archival materials. All of our projects are handled with the greatest care to prioritize the conservation of your artwork and to make sure our clients will be fully satisfied and wowed with our custom picture framing results.

For any further questions about how we can assist with canvas stretching, photo printing, art crating, and custom picture framing services we would love to hear from you! Please reach out to us for any of your framing needs, or view our 5 star reviews to see how Frames and Stretchers in NYC, New Haven and Miami is leading the way for innovative, engineered and beautiful custom picture framing projects.

Contact Us Here today or call 347-705-0081 to speak with one of our representatives about your project—We look forward to speaking with you!

Posted in archival framing, Art conservation, Japanese rice paper mounting, Mr. Brainwash, Museum Glass, shadowbox frame

Why You Must Use Japanese Paper and Wheat Paste to Float Your Artwork

Posted on September 29, 2016 by Erick Rios

Using Japanese paper and wheat paste:

We always recommend conservation methods at Frames and Stretchers especially for floating paper artwork. Primarily, you should only float your artwork using Japanese paper and wheat paste. Japanese paper is best because it expands and contracts with the paper artwork. In other words, it is flexible. Wheat paste is a perfect adhesive because it won’t discolor artwork, is strong, and is water soluble. No matter how much time has passed, wheat paste can still be removed easily, unlike other adhesives.

A woman demonstrates floating artwork using Japanese paper and wheat paste at a Frames and Stretchers workshop.

A workshop we had about Japanese paper and wheat paste. 

A little history:

Using wheat paste and Japanese paper is actually an ancient method that has been used in Japanese scroll making for thousands of years. Traditional Japanese scrolls containing wheat paste and silk backings for flexibility were popular during the Kamakura period in 1185. Even today, during restorations of older Japanese art, wheat paste is used to repair and reinforce paintings. Museums also use this method to hinge paper artwork.

Framers at lower east side custom framing shop Frames and Stretchers demonstrate proper artwork floating.

An Andy Warhol print we floated using Japanese paper and wheat paste.

Finally, remember it is important to use acid free materials when conservation framing your artwork. Materials containing acid will discolor and breakdown paper over time. Using acid free Japanese paper and wheat paste to float your artwork will ensure that it can be enjoyed for years to come.





Posted in archival framing, clemente building, frames and stretchers, Japanese paper, lower east side, wheat paste