Framing an Acrylic Canvasboard


Grumbler in Training
Oct 27, 2003
Birmingham, Alabama
I'm an at-home framer and have been asked to frame an 8x10 acrylic painting for a family member on some kind of canvasboard. Do you frame under glass with mats or should it be uncovered.

The signature is so close to the edge,the rabbet will cover it. How can I attach the canvasboard to a back mat to float it?

Just need some pointers!

Vicki Q
Floater would be nice
Screws through the floated and into the back of the stretcher.

Welcome aboard. How serious of a framer are you?
I'm afraid that technique may not work Steven, as Vicki mentioned that the acrylic was done on a canvas board. Those don't lend themselves well to holding screws.

How much value is attached to this painting? Is it something that has sentimental value or decorator value?? You need to supply some more information to allow for a proper answer.

I could tell you to silicone glue the board to a backer and float it in a frame but that may not be what your family member wants and it definitely wouldn't be the proper mounting method if the piece was to be preserved.

Vicki- typically you don't put glass over an acrylic painting and you can try to show the name by putting a slither of foamcore lining the inside of the frame lip to hold it up a little higher for the name to show.
duh - sorry about that and yes I am normally that absentminded.

I have floated canvas boards before using shallow floaters and Velco No joke. It actually worked and customer was happy because htey could switch out art if they wanted to ;)
Velco in floater frames, what a brilliant idea,
why didn't I think of that.

I use it in the back of some of the display boxes I make,its particularly good for displaying brooches
Thanks for all of your responses. I would like to be a more serious framer, but time and expertise make me a little nervous about venturing out. Case in point, I don't know what a floater frame is!

The value, to quote by brother-in-law, "It's a love piece." I believe one of his grandchildren painted it. Looks like a kit maybe - the board has a lot of printing on the back - it's large flowers. Don't have to worry about customer satisfaction - he said just do it how you think it will look good.

My thought was to mat it with a coordinating color and use a solid color mat with another accent color leaving about 1/4" showing around the "floated" picture. I can float the top mat to give the painted surface more space. I wasn't sure what I should use to glue the board to the bottom mat - Velcro sounds like a great idea. Do you think this would work?

I've received differing opinions on using glass - do you think non-glare would be good so it doesn't detract from the picture? You really have to glaze it if you mat it, don't you?

I'm relatively comfortable framing prints, but this one threw me a curve.


I think that Hugh (The Preservator) has given the advice that acrylics paintings should be glazed to prevent accumulation of dirt in the pores left when acrylic paint dries. Museum Glass would solve the problem of reflection interfering with clear viewing.

Pat :D
As Pat noted, acrylic paint had vulnerabilities
that are not widely understood: holes in the paint
surface, left from the water that leaves as the
painting dries. These holes can collect dust and
grime and varnishing over them may or may not be
a good solution.

Velcro idea ia a wild one...Possibly a good technique for artist's "show frames". There may be some commercial potential...mmm-mmm...

Dave Makielski