Delightful pictures may be obtained by stripping off the front covers of magazines and catalogues, and using some of the high-class but not easily recognized advertisements. By artfully suppressing the tell-tale lettering, a host of dainty prints are to be had.
The best and cheapest way to frame these is afforded by the ‘passe-partout’ method. This consists of pasting the pictures to a suitable card, placing a sheet of glass over it, and binding the two together by means of gummed strips of paper. The glass may, of course, be purchased from the local glazier, but with a sixpenny glass-cutter, this can be cut at home from odd pieces left over from window mending. The binding-strips are sold in rolls by photographic dealers. Various colours can be procured; gold is useful for most coloured pictures which are bright and vivid; slate and grey go well with those delicately coloured, whilst black suits almost any print. Strips imitating different woods are also procurable; they are useful when it is desired to match the frames with the furniture in the room.
Hang the pictures by means of a loop of suitable picture-cord, or, in the case of tiny pictures, of fine wire.
Large pictures in wood or carved and plaster frames are best hung by brass picture hangers from mouldings, which are fixed in most modern rooms. Only the best picture-cord should be used, and these must be attached to the back of the frame by means of screw eyes. Nails are never recommended for large paintings: too great a strain is placed on one small article, which, at the best, has but a poor purchase in a wall. A framed picture of no great weight may be hung upon a plastered wall with a reasonable degree of safety if the nail is first dipped in cold water, but the safest means of fixing nails in either plaster or brick walls is by means of Rawlplugs.
If the picture is a very large and 118 heavy piece, in addition to being suspended from a picture rail, it should also rest on a beading, which would, in most cases, of course, have to be specially fixed. If the picture is valuable, it is worth it.
If the wall is a wooden panelled one, large paintings may be fixed in place by means of picture brackets of metal, screwed both to the wall and the picture. A large mantel shelf forms a good rest, especially as the proper place for a very large picture seems traditionally to be over the fireplace.