Queen City Framing & Art Supplies was opened in the fall of 2016 in Helena, Montana by Deb Parsons and Martha Johnson. They loved assisting you as the former Art Department and Frame Shop managers of Helena’s iconic Ben Franklin Crafts and when it closed, they were urged to continue providing the quality services and supplies their customers looked for.
Martha has over 15 years of framing experience and training in the various methods of mounting prints, paintings, and photos as well as unique delicate items and 3-dimensional objects. Deb has a degree in graphic design, is a former business owner and a published artist and calligrapher who often teaches classes. She can answer questions about all the art mediums and supplies they carry and make thoughtful suggestions.
Deb, Martha, and their staff have the tools and knowledge to help you fulfill your artistic vision with expert advice, individualized customer service and affordable quality!
Products & Services
Our store offers a variety of different products and services for all your artistic needs and endeavors. Be sure to ask our staff for advice and suggestions on which product would be the best fit for you. Here is just a sample of the some of the products and services we offer:
- Drawing Pencils & Markers
- Stretched Canvas & Canvas Boards
- Painting Easels
- Artists’ Brushes
- Sketch Books
- Painting & Drawing papers
- Art Instruction Books
- Golden Fluid Acrylics
- And More!
- Design Consulting
- Custom Framing
- Shadow Boxes
- Dry Mounting
- Mat Cutting
- Art Classes
- And More!
Create an Heirloom
If you are concerned about protecting and preserving your family treasures, consider having them framed. We will provide you with ideas for how to best present each item and we will use all the best materials and techniques to help preserve them. We have experience framing all kinds of treasures. Stop by to see some examples in our store. Whether you already know what you want to have framed or are looking for ideas, we are here to help. And wouldn’t it make a great Mother’s or Father’s Day gift!
December Featured Artist
Reception is December 13th 5-7
Montana native Paul LaVigne, an evolving artist, enjoys summers in Montana and winters in Arizona. Paul has drawn since childhood and has explored watercolor, pen and ink and acrylics. But his passion is oil painting which has allowed him to create more realistic waters and skies. Paul is inspired by the beauty of natural landscape. His goal is to capture a moment in nature to be share with others. Paul is mostly self-taught with inspiration and instruction by Helena artists Lauren Kovich, Dale Livezey, and the late Carolyn Caldwell.
Art has been very good to Paul – not only is it a creative outlet, he met his lovely wife in watercolor class!
Book Making X2
Dates TBD Hours 10am-Noon
We will make a fun book each day that uses interesting accordion folds and page shapes! Bring your fortunes from cookies if you save them. See examples!
Some Materials Provided: glue, decorative papers
Supplies Needed: to be determined
Monotype Printmaking with KIDS
Saturday February 15 Hours 9:30am to Noon
2.5 HRS $55
ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED!
This process is great for making art prints, one of a kind stationary, backgrounds for mixed media pieces and more! We will use acrylic paints to make some one of a kind art prints and cards in your own personal creative style. Great hands-on activity for all ages. No experience necessary.
Saturday February 15 Hours 1pm-5pm
ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED!
Learn the fundamental skills of creating unique prints using a gel plate. This process is great for making art prints, one of a kind stationary, backgrounds for mixed media pieces and more! We will use acrylic paints to make some one of a kind art prints and cards in your own personal creative style. No experience necessary.
Painting on Weird Things – Dealing with non-traditional surfaces
Four Wednesdays – February 19, 26, March 4, 11 5:30-7:30
You will learn how to prep your object for painting. How lighting and other factors will effect your piece, and how to problem solve issues that might arise.
SOME MATERIALS INCLUDED: Gesso, scribe-all, sandpaper, and various mediums
MATERIALS NEEDED: 1-2 objects to paint on such as antlers, skulls, shovels, saw blades, etc., brushes, paint (acrylic or water-based paints, no oil), sketchbook and pencils, palette, palette knife, etc.
Painting with Watercolor Pencils
Two Mondays – March 2 & 9 5:30-7:30pm
Through demonstrations, practice, and instruction, participants will become familiar with different watercolor pencil techniques and processes and learn how to incorporate watercolor pencils with other watercolors. We will cover the basics and help you become more confident in painting with watercolor!
SUPPLY LIST: to be determined
Intro to Italic Calligraphy Writing
Saturday – March 7 10am-5pm
Through demonstrations, practice and one-on-one instruction, you will become familiar with dip pens, nibs, inks, papers and how to practice! This class is for beginners as well as those who may have taken some previous calligraphy or would like to learn another style!
MATERIALS INCLUDED: Lightweight drawing board, handouts and exemplars, practice paper, eraser, a handle and nibs, ink, gouache paint to try out, good paper and all supplies for a final project.
BRING FROM HOME: sharp pencil, container for water, long metal-edged ruler, exacto knife, ½ full roll of paper towels.
Oil Painting 201
Dates TBD late March or April 3 sessions
Local artist, Jean McLean, we be back for this continuing oil painting class. We will continue with our study of oil painting. Participants will come away with several reference paintings and work toward completing a still life.
MATERIALS LIST WILL BE PROVIDED: Participants receive a 10% discount on supplies.
Old English – Blackletter – Fraktur
Mondays March 16, 23, 30, April 6 4 Sessions 5:30pm-7:30pm
We will start with this impressive Old World calligraphy and then take it into the modern era! With demos, practice and project suggestion, we will examine the differences between these similar hands and incorporate Blind Embossing.
SOME MATERIALS PROVIDED: handouts, exemplars, bronze powder
BRING FROM HOME: typical calligraphy supplies and good papers
Ukranian Egg Decorating – Pysanka
Saturday March 21 10am-5pm
Learn how to create these beautifully intricate eggs using wax, dyes and a ‘Kisky’. A pysanka is a Ukrainian egg, decorated with traditional folk designs using a wax-resistant method. The word pysanka comes from the verb pysaty, “to write”, as the designs are not painted on, but written with beeswax.
ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED and you will go home with a starter “kistky”, wax and dye. Participants will finish 2 or 3 eggs!