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Creative Framing Techniques Complement Artist's Work

Magazine article Art Business News

Creative Framing Techniques Complement Artist's Work

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SPECIAL REPORT--For artist Elizabeth Myers Castonguay, the use of creative framing and matboards has complemented her mixed-medium art work. What makes her pastels and acrylics so unusual is her "out of the box" thinking and the way she creates drama on Bainbridge Alphamat matboard instead of the traditional canvas. According to the company, her framing techniques have sparked much interest wherever her work is exhibited.

Castonguay was finding that the traditional picture frame was, in some cases, dictating the boundaries of her artwork. She wanted the entire framed piece to work as a whole, and in some cases this meant that various sides of the frame be pushed out while others sides were pulled in to cause visual compression.

Having done her master's thesis on mood in painting, she enjoyed working on a tinted ground. Papers provided the color but were prone to buckle with climate changes. Castonguay started working on matting samples and found that they have enough "tooth" to hold pastels. …

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