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David Lantrip, MCPF, GCF


I can answer questions about all aspects of framing, with special emphasis on preservation framing. Categories of artwork include works of art on paper, needlework, textiles, paintings on canvas and three-dimensional objects. Components of framing includes frames, glass/glazing, mats, mounting, their features and how to select them.

Experience in the area

I have been a professional picture framer and educator in the field since 1994, including framing education for a major franchisor encompassing three brands and the Professional Picture Framers Association, and writing and teaching for DECOR Magazine.


Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA) > Board member, PPFA > Member, Certification Board > Member, Chapter relations Committee National Society, Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR)


DECOR Magazine, 2005 - 2010 PPFA For Members Only newsletter Member of the PPFA Guidelines task force, assisted in writing PPFA Guidelines for Framing Works of Art on Paper and PPFA Guidelines for Framing Works of Art on Canvas, and PPFA Guidelines for Framing Textiles and Needlework. Picture Framing Magazine, 2012


Georgia State University, many classes as a student and educator through the Professional Picture Framers Association and DECOR Magazine. Current member of the PPFA guidelines task force and certification board.

Awards and Honors

Earned Certified Picture Framer (CPF) designation in 1996, Master Certified Picture Framer (MCPF) designation in 2004 and Guild Commended Framer (GCF) status in 2008.

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Recent Answers from David Lantrip, MCPF, GCF

2016-09-28 mats discoloring along the top:

Jacqui,     Ok, I think we may have gotten to the heart of the problem. Just be warned: long explanation ahead.     You say that the mats are described as pH neutral, which is more or less the same as

2016-09-23 mats discoloring along the top:

Hi Jacqui,     The fact that the mat is discoloring only along the top edge makes me think that it has to do with the the open top of the display sleeves. Exposure to air will speed up the process of oxidation

2016-08-04 Christening Dress/Shadow Box:

Hi Julia,     I'll do my best to answer your questions in order.     At 38x40 (or 40x38) the dress is sort of pushing the limits of your materials. Are you considering making the dress smaller to fit a

2016-06-27 Removing backing paper:

Hi Steven,     Go ahead and remove the paper and don't worry about it.     As a bit of background, the dust cover as the paper is termed by framers, does exactly what the name implies: it keeps dust and

2016-06-19 Sugar icing to be preserved:

Hello Jill,     First, congratulations on your marriage! May you two have many years of happiness.     Now, to your question. I'll have to say that any type of food item will be quite problematic. One


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