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:
- Getty Images
- Drawing Pencils & Markers
- Stretched Canvas & Canvas Boards
- Painting Easels
- Artists’ Brushes
- Sketch Books
- Painting & Drawing papers
- How To Books
- And More!
- Design Consulting
- Digital Printing on Canvas, Metal, Acrylic
- Custom Framing
- Shadow Boxes
- Dry Mounting
- Mat Cutting
- Art Classes
- And More!
BUY ART THAT YOU LOVE!!
You should always choose art that you love, not something that happens to have the same color scheme as your room. When you feel emotionally connected to your art, you will be happy to see it each time you pass by. You could even buy art just because it makes you smile. When art means something to you, it is so much more satisfying than pieces you buy simply to fill a space.
Photos Re-created into Paintings, Printed on Satin Canvas
Photos Printed on Polished Acrylic
Photos Printed on Aluminum
Photos Printed on Satin Canvas
TURN YOUR CHERISHED MEMORIES INTO GALLERY MOMENTS
Save time by contacting us before your visit and we can send you a link by email to upload your photo.
January Artists of the Month
Our Staff Show
Reception January 11th from 5pm-7pm
Join us as we celebrate the art of our staff. As lovers of all kinds of art we enjoy experimenting in all the different mediums available to us. Christina’s incredible encaustics, Deb’s magnificent pen and ink work, Elaina’s elegant sketches and paintings, Martha’s photography, Alissa’s … well what doesn’t that girl do, and even young Hanna’s expressions in paint and ink will be up for display and sale all month long, so join us for the reception or stop in anytime to speak with the artists, we’re always here. Also hurry in to learn about the exciting opportunity to have classes with some of these amazing women.
Encaustic Painting Intro Workshop 4 HRS/$65
Encaustic is a wax-based painting medium characterized by luminous color and a lush surface which flourished in ancient Greco-Roman Egypt. It is a unique and versatile medium which uses pigmented wax and heat throughout the painting process.
We will cover basic supplies, materials and explore some of the primary methods of application. All materials are included. Participants will be guided in completing 2 pieces in their own personal creative style.
Beginning Drawing 6 HRS/$48
You will learn about the various types of pencils and drawing mediums!
Alissa Sinclair will direct you through a series of exercises involving line quality, shading, and form. Learn how to practice drawing what you see!
Materials Needed: 9”x12” Sketchbook, a variety of pencils – 6H, 4H, 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B; a couple charcoal pencils, kneaded eraser, vinyl white eraser, pencil sharpener. Participants will get a discount on supplies for the class.
Acrylic Textures and Mediums 2HRS/$55
Includes a sample kit of Golden Mediums to take home!
Have you ever wanted to try acrylic mediums without having to buy every kind? In this class you will get the chance to try a variety of mediums with your own acrylic paint. We will test transparency, body, textures, and more with various mediums to create a sample chart.
MOST MATERIALS INCLUDED: Acrylic canvas paper, various mediums, knife.
BRING FROM HOME: Acrylic Paint of your choice (at least 2 colors), Flat and/or Filbert paint brush.
Intro to Calligraphy – UNCIAL 6HRS/$70
Through demonstrations, practice and one-on-one instruction, participants will become familiar with dip pens, nibs, inks, papers and how to practice! We will study the UNCIAL style. This class is for beginners as well as those who have taken some previous calligraphy and would like to learn another style!
MATERIALS PROVIDED: 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 final book project. 1 hr for lunch.
BRING FROM HOME: sharp pencil (mechanical one works well), container for water, long metal-edged ruler, exacto knife,1/2 full roll of paper towels.
POINTED Brush & PAINTED Backgrounds 12HRS/$95
Learn to letter with a pointed brushes (rounds) and brush markers! We will also explore background techniques in watercolor and acrylics, as well as paste paper and more. We’ll complete a soft cover book with painted pages as well as some backgrounds ready for lettering or your own art medium.
Pre-registration required. Materials list will be sent. Some materials included.
Intro to Watercolor 6HRS/$60
Through demonstrations, practice, and instruction, participants will become familiar with different watercolor techniques and processes. We will cover the basics and help you become more confident in painting with watercolor!
MATERIALS PROVIDED: masking fluid, handouts, and various mediums.
SUPPLY LIST: Palette, mop brush (3/4” or 1”), 1 round brush (#6-10), 1 round brush (#0-4), 1 flat wash brush (1/2”-1”), Watercolor Tubes (12-24 set of Art Creation or similar colors).
MORE Encaustic Techniques! 4HRS/$65
Using skills learned in Intro to Encaustics, students will expand their knowledge of methods, techniques and materials to allow greater freedom of expression in this dynamic medium! Participants will work on completing two pieces. Some materials provided – 8×10 panel, medium, slick wax, tool.
MATERIALS NEEDED: Bring your Encaustic tools/brushes/etc, a photocopy of an image of choice – within an 8×10 size, a minimum of 4 Encaustic colors, a painting panel any size up to 11×14, small found object(s) such as dried flowers, beads, etc.
Watercolor II 6HRS/$65
We will expand on common watercolor techniques and introduce new techniques! Learn how to assess common issues and how to fix them. Along with techniques, we will go over color mixing, compositions and constructive critiques, while striving to complete at least one finished painting.
Supply list will be sent to participants. Some materials provided.