How To Display Artwork On Paper Without A Frame

As an artist I am always exploring new ideas from painting techniques, mediums, subject matter and even different ways in which to display artwork.

How To Display Artwork On Paper Without A Frame

Nest l ©2014 LMcNee 9×12

Lately, I have been creating encaustic works on beautiful handmade Japanese paper. These small encaustics are delicate and a traditional frame overwhelms them.

So, I’ve decided to float them off the wall without a frame. Here’s how I did it…

I used 4 duplex nails for each individual piece of art. The duplex nails have double head which prevent them from being driven flush. This leaves about 1/4 reveal that is perfect for floating the paper off the wall.

Then I used 4 Rare Earth Magnets  to float the encaustic paper artwork off the wall.

That’s it! Look how great they looked…and, most of the artwork sold right away! You can see more of my paintings at
encaustic hanging duplex 3

How To Display Artwork On Paper Without A Frame

encaustic works on paper ©2014 LoriMcNee

Let me know if you have any other great ways to display artwork!

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About Lori McNee

Lori McNee is a professional artist who specializes in still life, and landscape oil paintings. She is an exhibiting member of Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Painters of Idaho, serves on the Plein Air Mag Board of Advisors, and is an Artist Ambassador to Arches/Canson/Royal Talens. As the owner of, Lori blogs about fine art tips, marketing, and social media advice for the aspiring and professional artist. As a social media influencer, Lori ranks as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women on Twitter, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and named a #TwitterPowerhouse by The Huffington Post. She is a keynote speaker, has been a talk show host for Plum TV, writes for F+W Media publications including Artist’s Magazine, Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market, Photographer’s Market. Also, Zero to 100,000: Social Media Tips & Tricks for Small Businesses. Lori is also a member of the CBS Entertainment Tonight & The Insider Tweet Team.


  1. An inspired idea. I love it.
    I use those magnets to hold miniatures to my drawing board, but I hadn’t dreamt of using them for display. And the nails … Wow!

  2. oh fantastic! I can why your pieces sold, not only are they beautifully created but the hanging method is fabulous with these pieces!

  3. … but … people are going to buy them, then take them home and have them framed in order to hang them … which sort of defeats your puirpose … what about mounting them in a more permanent manner, on a board of some sort, with proper equipent for hanging … then the pieces are easier to transport, for one thing, and you know what they will look like when hanging on the buyers’ walls … just a thought …

  4. This is really smart!

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