Framing pastel artwork

Pastel is notoriously delicate, the slightest rub can destroy a pastel artwork, and the only assured way to protect it is to frame safely behind glass. 

Choosing a frame type is never an easy choice!

Framing the artwork yourself

With any original piece of art, it is highly recommended to use a professional framer and it is too easy to damage the artwork. If you decide to tackle framing yourself, here are some tips that may be useful:

  • Take extreme care not to let the pastel touch your hands or any surface. One smudge is enough to destroy an image.
  • The pastel should be kept from touching the glass of the frame. Use a mount to create a gap between the image and glass, or alternatively use a lift or spacer.
  • When inserting the portrait into the frame be careful not to allow the top layer of dust from falling onto the glass. To avoid this, prevent the picture from facing downwards at any stage during framing.

If framing a commission yourself, please contact me at any stage with questions and I will pass them onto our framer.

Professional Framing


George’s portrait framed with a cream mount and a black solid timber frame.




A professional framer will have lots of experience with all types of art and mediums. We offer a bespoke framing service which generally takes 1-2 weeks depending on size. If you are using another framing service, we can ship your artwork directly to them if required.

Mason framed in Dark Oak effect solid timber with ivory mounting.



Published by gillianussherart

I am a pet and wildlife artist, originally from Ireland but now based in Frome, England with my husband and children, two rescue dogs Rua the Hungarian Vizsla and Ogie the blind terrier, and Jet the cat. I take commissions for pet portraits and draw original animal art, most of which is sold as fine art prints and art cards. I also teach others how to draw through online classes and short courses available through my website. I have been working as a full time artist for many years, and have fulfilled hundreds of pet portrait commissions. My client base is international, and I ship worldwide for free. My work has been featured in publications such as Dogs Today Magazine, Dogs Monthly, The Guardian, Talented Ladies Club and Country Living Magazine. I support animal charities whenever I can, by regularly donating art to various rescue group fundraisers, donating 20% of income from prints to various breed specific rescues and providing wildlife rescues and rehabilitations centres with original art to fundraise and create merchandise. If you are interested in purchasing or commissioning art, or if you just want to connect, you can contact

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