Welcome to our July Framer’s Corner!
We put these fun blogs on hold during the stay at home initiative, but since we are back in the shop, it is time to look back at some of our shop’s favorite projects that make us love the work we do!

This month’s Framer's Corner comes to you from our Framer and Designer Heather Cox

Heather has been framing for 12 years. When she is not at work framing and designing she is busy being a mom, gardener, artist and exploring the great outdoors.
Right as we began our reopening from the stay at home initiative, we had a customer bring in a large canvas print depicting a heard of steer being run by a cowboy on horseback. This piece is a great example of an iris giclee print on canvas. 

What is an iris giclee? The word Giclee is French meaning “to spatter out” which pretty much refers to the process of how ink is applied to paper when a special large format printer is used. This inkjet printer has a very high resolution of 2880 x 1440 and is a 7 color ink jet printer.
Prints that are done on  giclee canvas  are the most accurate art reproductions in the world, and can also be archived well (they last a long time without color variation). Since this piece was a print on canvas, and not an actual painting, we were able to open up our framing options by drymounting this piece with our specialized
canvas mountcor.

When a painting on canvas comes through our door, the best way to mount it is to stretch the piece over stretcher bars. Although this is an archival method of mounting, the depth of a stretcher bar limits the options of frames to choose from, due to the varied depths of frames. If a frame is not as deep as a stretcher bar, the stretcher bar will stick out the back of the frame, causing the frame to float off of the wall, revealing the sides of the canvas, which is not an ideal look.
By drymounting the piece, you are adhering it to a 3/16 inch deep piece of foam board, allowing the piece to fit in practically any frame.

What is drymounting? Drymounting is a process in which the art is permanently adhered to a piece of foamcore, making it flat and removing the majority of imperfections. We put the piece of art on a mountcor foamboard and put it in our vacuum heat press. The mountcor board is made with a special archival adhesive that is spread over a piece of acid free foam core. After the adhesive is adhered, the foam core is punctured with tiny holes evenly dispersed through out the sheet. When an art piece is put on the mountcor and put into our vacuum heat press, the adhesive is activated, and the air between the art and the board is sucked out through the holes in the board leaving a perfectly smooth and well adhered piece of art. A special type of mountcor was made just for canvas, with a stronger adhesive to hold the thick canvas material to the board. Which gives us the chance to have a wider variety of frames to choose from and we were able to get just the look our client was going for, a natural dark rustic frame.

We chose a nice rustic alder frame with a dark finish. This really draws your eyes to the middle of the canvas and allows the whole piece to pop.
  The moulding we chose comes to us from Burnich Frame and Moulding located here in   M issoula. 
This locally milled and stained frame was a nice touch to this western themed print, and allowed us to support a local business
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Missoula, MT 59801