At The Starving Artist you will find a friendly and knowledgeable staff to assist you with any of your framing needs. Our framing department is experienced with a wide variety of mediums and framing techniques including; pastels, needlework, shadowboxes, antiques, and delicate or fragile papers just to name a few.
With over 850 frame moldings to choose from we're confident you will find just the right frame to fit your art.
We offer a full range of Crescent and Bainbridge Mats including conservation mats such as rag and museum, fabric mats such as linen, silk, suede and leather. With several thousand mats to choose from, it can be a daunting task to find the perfect one, but don't worry, we can help you pick the right mat at the right price.
Conservation Mat Boards
Quality Conservation Matboard
• Over 425 colors and patterns available.
• Vibrant, versatile color range.
• Conservation quality surface papers offer optimum fade and bleed resistance.
• Produced using only 100% virgin alpha-cellulose fibers for lasting quality.
• Acid-free and lignin-free for maximum artwork protection.
Texture and Style
• Over 200 exquisite, unique fabric matboards.
• Adds texture and drama to any custom framed piece.
• Unparalleled quality, color and style for sophisticated and refined matting.
• Rich textures complement both traditional and contemporary decor..
Cotton Mat Boards
Preserving the Tradition of Cotton
• RagMat meets museum conservation standards as set by F.A.T.G.
• Made of strong cotton fibers, which are naturally acid-free and lignin-free.
• Cotton is time-tested.
• Cotton is annually renewable and environmentally friendly
• Cotton RagMat is the only matboard guaranteed safe next to any artwork.
• Surface papers are pigmented for fade and bleed resistance
When it comes to framing your piece, we're happy to do as much or as little work as you need. For you do-it-yourselfers, we offer ready-made frames in several standard sizes. Or choose from any of our 850+ molding styles available cut, joined and ready to go or, in 8'-10' lengths if you want to cut and join it yourself. We also offer a full assortment of Crescent and Bainbridge mats and backing boards by the sheet or custom cut. Need a piece of glass or acrylic? Let us cut it to size, and you do the rest. If you need any of the little bits of hardware to finish your piece, we've got those too.
Most people are pretty familiar with mouldings and mat boards but when it comes to the variety of glass options available, many may be unaware of the differences and its importance.
We offer numerous glazing options to meet your individual needs and provide you with a finished piece that has both superior protection and a look to fit your art and your budget.
Click on any of the links below for more information.
We pride ourselves on our expertise in preservation, design, and fulfilling your needs to get the job done right. This is why we offer the best glazing available, Tru Vue® Conservation Grade glazing. Tru Vue Conservation Grade glazing is the only glazing that has 99% UV protection, the best available protection, and meets conservation standards written by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).*
• Premium Clear glass is the highest quality regular framing glass available.
• Reflection Control® glass enhances the beauty of artwork with etched matte-like finish that scatters light to minimize unwanted glare.
• Conservation Clear® picture framing glass offers the highest level of UV protection available in the industry. Over time exposure to indoor and outdoor UV light rays can contribute to fading and deterioration of art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes. Conservation Clear glass effectively blocks up to 99% of UV light rays to protect against fading and help keep framed pieces brighter, longer.
• Conservation Reflection Control® glass enhances the beauty of artwork with a matte-like finish that scatters light to minimize unwanted glare. Additionally, it effectively blocks up to 99% of UV light rays to help protect art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes from fading and deterioration caused by harmful UV light rays.
• Museum Glass® anti-reflection picture framing glass with Conservation Grade UV Protection is the best glazing option available for art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes. Along with its nearly invisible finish, it effectively blocks up to 99% of harmful indoor and outdoor UV light rays so framed pieces remain clearer and brighter for longer.
• Conservation Clear® Acrylic with its UV filtering technology protects works of art from the harmful effects of indoor and outdoor UV light rays. Over time, the ultraviolet rays in everyday indoor and outdoor light take a toll on artwork. Paper can become faded, discolored and brittle, causing irreversible damage that ruins the works of art. Conservation Clear Acrylic provides 99% UV protection to help protect art from fading by blocking harmful indoor and outdoor light rays, preserving art for years longer than regular acrylic.
• Reflection Control® Acrylic. Highly reflective surfaces can act like a mirror, causing glare and distracting viewers from the artwork you want to display. Reflection Control® Acrylic is designed to minimize reflection and show the art from almost any angle.
• Optium Museum Acrylic® Meets Your Rigorous Standards. Durable and strong, Optium is produced using a patented Tru Vue technology. A magnetron-sputtered anti-reflective, anti-static coating is bonded to an abrasion resistant, UV filtering acrylic sheet at an atomic level. This ensures long-lasting protection that doesn't oxidize and degrade over time.
Protecting Your Art
UV light can be your artwork's worst enemy. Its energy is absorbed by paint, ink, canvas and paper. Once this energy is absorbed it causes photochemical reactions and molecular damage that results in yellowing. Basically, it's the same process that causes newspaper to yellow and fabrics like carpeting and draperies to fade over time.
UV light also causes paper and canvas artwork to become brittle — and all UV damage is both cumulative and irreversible.
We also like to remind our customers that it is not just sunlight that causes UV damage — all light sources do. This is why, even if your framed piece is not in direct sunlight, it is important to have a level of UV protection that meets the conservation standard of 97% UV protection set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), or else it is in risk of UV damage.
Only Tru Vue Conservation Grade glazing meets this standard and will help you protect your valued items with 99% UV protection.
Displaying Your Artwork
• Light may be damaging to artwork, but of course, it’s also necessary to view it. The following are best practices that will help maximize both the enjoyment and longevity of your artwork:
• Avoid hanging artwork in direct sunlight.
• Reduce overall lighting levels—dim the lights whenever possible.
• Use incandescent or LED bulbs to light your art—they emit less UV rays than fluorescent lights.
• Choose a glazing product that meets conservation standards by providing at least 97% UV protection.
• Choose anti-reflective glazing such as Tru Vue® Optium Museum Acrylic® or Museum Glass® to reduce reflections.
Care and Handling
Always take care when you are cleaning a framed piece. You would not want to knock the piece down, use abrasive cleaners or materials that could harm the finished project, especially an object that you have custom framed.
How to Clean Tru Vue® Conservation Grade Glass
Simply spray a small amount of ammonia-free glass cleaner on a micro-fiber cloth or clean lint–free cotton rag.
To prevent overspray, do not spray the cleaner directly on the glass. Instead, spray the cloth first. Then press the cloth against the glass and clean in round circular motions.
Why ammonia free Cleaner?
We always recommend cleaning your framed pieces using cleaners without harsh chemicals in order to prevent any damage. Harsh chemicals can be harmful to your valued items, and our aim is to help you preserve and enjoy your item for as long as possible.
How to Clean Tru Vue® Conservation Grade Acrylic
Depending on the type of acrylic you chose the cleaning techniques will vary.
Optium Museum Acrylic®:
As this product performs like glass, so do the cleaning techniques.
Simply spray a small amount of ammonia- free glass cleaner on a micro-fiber cloth or clean lint –free cotton rag.
To prevent overspray do not spray the cleaner directly on the glass. Instead, spray the cloth first. Then press the cloth against the glass and clean in round circular motions.
Please do NOT use an acrylic cleaner, any coarse abrasive cleaning agents, or dirty cloths on theses products.
Conservation Reflection Control Acrylic:
You may use a mild soap and water mixture to clean this product.
Applying light pressure and rinse with clean water.
Dry by blotting with a clean, damp cloth or chamois.
Please do NOT use an acrylic cleaner, any coarse abrasive cleaning agents or dirty cloths on this product.
Cleaning Conservation Clear® Acrylic:
You may use an acrylic cleaner and a damp cloth for this product.
Applying light pressure and rinse with clean water or a cleaner designed for acrylic.
Dry by blotting with a clean, damp cloth or chamois.
Please do NOT use a dry gritty cloth as it may cause surface scratches and create an electronic charge on the surface.