How to Frame and Hang Silk Paintings

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This is one of three (a Triptych) which are framed under glass. Then, all three were repainted the size of a door, to go into the foyer of an office – but they were still framed under glass.

Once you have completed a silk painting you will need to be able to hang it. Obviously, you can go to a framer and they will provide a professional frame under glass. The glass protects the silk and keeps it free from dust. However, this can be expensive.

There is an alternative way to frame a silk painting that is still suitable for exhibition purposes. In the video below, Pamela Glose demonstrates just how to do a ‘wrap’ form of framing. It is easy, inexpensive and looks great.

I like the way Pamela lets you know exactly what equipment you need to produce a ‘wrap’. Her description is clear and easy to understand and follow. I am sure many of you will want to try this yourself.

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49 thoughts on “How to Frame and Hang Silk Paintings

  1. Tim C

    This article gave me some great ideas. I didn’t even know much about silk paintings before reading this,but now I’m interested.

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  2. Tony Paylor

    Now this is a fantastic and a much cheaper way to frame a silk painting and the technique is fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Gary R

    This is a very valuable piece of information that will definitely help anyone who wants to hang a silk painting. You will be able to do it in a very inexpensive way!

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  4. Zach S

    I’ve always been curious if there was a simple do-it-yourself way to frame silk paintings. This really did the trick, thank you for this.

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  5. Trudy

    Great video with clear & easy to follow instructions. I am motivated to try this style of framing.. looks great & the most amazing thing is that its inexpensive!!

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  6. Osman Oghuz

    Nice and simple, but is it possible to hang without the frame? What if I just hung it sorta loose like a curtain? There are too many nails in my walls already…

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    1. Peter Post author

      I have hung my work without a frame. I have all sides of the silk with a rolled hem and add a wooden or plastic rung at both the top and the bottom. If you don’t do this the silk will fray and fly around, so it will not be readily seen. You can have a look at this large wall hanging I did in a heavy duty silk. It demonstrates how you can hang a silk painting without a frame. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1AGQxo4pvI Barb

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  7. Isar Bahar

    Thanks for the tips. I knew there would be many similarities to just a regular framing but silk paintings is slightly different…and exotic as it sounds! 🙂 Nice video~

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  8. Tessa Lapthorn

    This has been a big help, Thank you for taking the time to upload a walkthrough like this with that much detail on everything they’ve used and the step to step process that was used. Thank you!

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  9. Sunjoo K

    Very interesting art form and mechanism for hanging. I think it’s applicable for other types of framings as well. Awesome!

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  10. james

    This a great tip. I’ve never even thought about framing and hanging my silk paintings. Once done I just usually stick them in a draw. I’ll be taking them out and following the steps in the video and hanging them tonight.

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  11. Dustin

    I’ve just gotten into silk painting and have been thinking about hanging my art. This is a great simple guide to go about constructing and hanging the silk. I’ll be trying this in the new year for sure.

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  12. Angel Nelson

    Excellent tutorial. I love creating silk paintings and giving them as gifts at holidays, so this tutorial is perfect for a finishing touch.

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  13. Lanya

    I collected several silk paintings during my travels through SE Asia and haven’t been able to decide how to frame them. I went to a framing shop but they quoted a ridiculous amount! I look forward to trying Pamela’s method and finally get the paintings displayed on my walls.

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  14. Mira

    Thank you so much for sharing. Pamela’s advice has been extremely useful for me as I have had trouble managing the framing of my silk paintings myself. This seems like an inexpensive and efficient alternative! 10x

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  15. Aidan

    thanks so much for this! I am a complete newbie at framing and was worried it would cost a lot to do my new silk painting. great tutorial.

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  16. Joseph

    Very interesting! Thank you for sharing this. I had been looking to watch someone go through the “wrap” process.

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  17. Smitsha

    I have found this article very useful to me. I have framed my 4 painting very easily and this will help me in future as well. So thanks again for the support and sharing.

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  18. Elie Gould

    The result in the video is very beautiful, and she makes it seem so effortless. I love the finished result of a wrap. Thank you for sharing this video!

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  19. Julie Sutherland

    Still suitable for an exhibition, indeed. That looks absolutely gorgeous. I will have to attempt it in the future.

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  20. Danica Reed

    Where is the best place to put this? By the way your tips help me a lot. I am going to apply this in my living room.

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    1. Peter Post author

      You can place painting anywhere in the house where they will fit! I have just moved to a house less than half the size of my previous house and have had great fun finding spaces where my painting can hang.

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  21. Judy Workman

    Silk paintings are beautiful. I’d like to try that in the future. Pamela had all the tools laid out before she started. I liked the one she did. That one would be pretty in a glass frame too.

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  22. Bill

    I’ve been looking for a few hobbies to take up when I have time off from work next month and I think I’ll give this one a shot. I’ll try to remember to report back.

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  23. Jillaine H.

    Very interesting video. Although I don’t have anything to frame myself, this can be very handy in the future! Thanks!

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  24. THUSHARI

    looks great & the most amazing thing is that its inexpensive!! Thanks for the detailed instructions. I’d like to try that in the future.

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  25. Nephilim

    Wonderful. I was wondering what gift to craft for my girlfriend for our anniversary next month. Now I know I can make a collection of paintings of us both for her to hang on the walls.

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  26. supremex

    I love art. This tutorial has shown me it is possible to create your own masterpiece from beginning to end/framing. Great pointers for aspiring artist and art lovers alike.

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  27. Jenni

    Such a helpful video. I would have never gotten all the right tools if I just had tried on my own. The result is very professional and beautiful.

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  28. Rich Pirrin

    Great video. I like to hand craft my gifts for friends and family. This gives me an inexpensive and convenient way of doing that. It will also give my art a more professional look and feel.

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  29. max e

    This article teach me the proper way to hang silk paintings and saved me from buying expensive framing, thanks.

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  30. Jenny M

    Wow, very cool tutorial video! I always wondered how that was done, thanks so much. Love youtube, you can learn how to do so many different things!

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