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!
February Featured Artist
Reception February 13th 5-7
Book Making X2
Tues/Thurs – February 11&13 Hours 10am-Noon
We’ll make a Flag Accordion Book and a Dragon Fold Book –which works great as a small photo journal too. Beautiful fun folded, cut and glued books. See examples in the store!
Some Materials Provided. No Experience Required.
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 Required.
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.
No Experience Required.
Painting on Weird Things – Dealing with non-traditional surfaces
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 affect your painting process. There will be discussions on problem solving any issues that might arise.
SOME MATERIALS INCLUDED: Gesso, scribe-all, sandpaper, and various mediums
MATERIALS NEEDED: 1-2 objects to paint on such as shoes, bones, rocks, saw blades, etc. Materials list available.
Painting with Watercolor Pencils
Two Mondays – March 2 & 9 5:30-7:30pm
Learn Techniques using watercolor pencils alone or incorporated with your watercolors. Become familiar with versatile water soluble colored pencils and create at least one painting on a panel!
Some watercolor experience recommended.
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.
Old English & Blackletter Calligraphy
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 ….and maybe some Celtic Knotwork.
SOME MATERIALS PROVIDED: handouts, exemplars, bronze powder
BRING FROM HOME: typical calligraphy supplies and good papers
Previous experience required.
Ukranian Egg Decorating – Pysanka
Saturday, March 21 10am-5pm
Taught by local artist –Jolee Hawkins!
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!
Oil Painting 201
Tuesdays, April 7,14,21 10am-3pm
Taught by local artist –Jean McLean!
Back for this continuing oil painting class, we will continue with our study of oil painting, focusing on composition and design. Participants will come away with several reference paintings and work toward completing a still life. This class will incorporate the concept of Notan (recommended to read up online about it prior to class). You will focus on creating an effective center of interest, what makes good design, dealing with edges, value, color, temperature and color intensity.
MATERIALS LIST AVAILABLE.