Paint By Numbers - How to frame your paint by numbers
A question we get often. So we photographed our last framing to show you how easy and inexpensive it can be done.
Obviously of you want a professional job, pop down to your local picture framer, but this method produces a pretty satisfactory result at a fraction of the cost.
Firstly what you need.
- A frame (we buy ours from our local discount store - usually between $10-$20 complete with glass and backing board.
- Duct tape - the touch cloth type that rips easy but sticks strong. We buy ours from Coles $6.00 for a(Jacks brand - $6.00 for a roll) but you can get them at any good hardware store too.
- PCV tape to finish off the back of the frame;
- some small tacks or nails to secure the picture to the frame (Some frames have these bendi tabs especially poster frames and the canvas wont fit between them and the glass s we remove them). You may need to have a look first before removing them.
- A small hammer. We use a tack hammer.
- Pliers or similar if you need to remove the tacks.
- Windex to clean the glass.
- Good screw driver to screw in the D-Rings for the hanging wire if you want to use them. Most ready frames come with hanging brackets on the back-board.
- Good wire, hanging wire if you want to use the D-Rings
This painting is a 40 x 50 cm Paint By Numbers.
Take your canvas of the stretch or mounting frame. See (Paint By Numbers - How to mount your paint by numbers canvas)
Get you frame. This one we bought from Lo Costa at Narre Warren South (Vic) for $16.00. Complete with glass and backing board with attached hanging brackets. This one has little bendi tabs in the back.
Unbend the bendi tabs an remove the backing board
Remove the bendi tabs with pliers or similar if the. You may want to remove the glass just so it doesn't break.
Put the canvas (face down) on a clean surface. Place the backing board over the canvas making sure the hanging brackets match the top of the painting. Bend up the sides of the canvas so you can see the painted edge along all four (4) sides.
Fold over one edge of the canvas and tack it to the back board (This is the tape we use). I prefer the shorter end as there is less chance of the canvas moving.
Tack the opposite side and check the canvas is even. Tack the other two (2) sides and check the canvas is still even. The tack the canvas in several spots pulling on it a little bit to get it taut.
Fold the corners as best you can into a kite shape (Above) or a triangle and stick it down with the Duct tape. Do this to all four (4) corners.
Now using a length of tape, stick all four (4) sides down.
Time to clean the glass. place the glass on the surface, or of you like a towel.Spray a couple of squirts of Windex on the glass and using paper towel or some old news paper, clean the glass. Always clean from the middle outwards. Place your non-cleaning hand palm up and use your finger tips to support the glass to stop it moving. Avoid putting your hand or holding the edge of the glass as this can result in nasty cuts.
Put the canvas face down on the glass, then carefully turn it over so the glass faces up.
Put the frame over the glass and painting and flop over. If you left the bendi tabs in the frame this can be tricky and requires some maneuvering.
Using a small hammer and small nails or tacks, secure the painting and glass in the frame. The technique I use is to slide the hammer smoothly along the backing board backwards and forwards striking the tack or nail.This ensures we don't crack the glass.
finish the frame with this tape
I finish the back off with back PVC tale. This one here we also got from Coles for $6.00. I think it males it look nice and neat and also stops the tacks from wriggling and falling out.
And there - your masterpiece is finished and ready to hang.
I hope this has been informative and gives you an idea of how to frame your
masterpiece. There are many different techniques, but this is the way I do it and our pictures look great, even as gifts.
Enjoy your painting.