How to frame different types of art
How to choose a frame for
OILS OR ACRYLICS
Oils and acrylic paintings
have the same rules for framing.. No mats, NO glass, frame.
A liner is OK if you like liners. I personally don't like liners so I
don't use them at all.
Pick a presentation that you like. If the painting is contemporary then
pick an appropriate
frame and if the picture is an antique go for the antique, baroque
BUT iT IS YOUR ART AND YOU CAN FRAME ANY WAY
YOU LIKE. It is very popular
right now to mix periods so the world is your option when it comes to
remember to protect the value of your art.
It very popular right now to hang your art with
no frame. You can do a gallery wrap in the
deep stretcher bars and have the painting wrap around the bars (but
will do damage to the art so don't do this method on valuable pieces) Or
you can stretch
on the deep bars so that the art is on the top and the canvas is on the
sides and then
paint the side a matching color or just plain black. This process is
best done by the artist of the work so that
there is no doubt about damaging the value of the art.
And if the art is not "squared" you will have a
serious problem. You don't want to find out
in 10 years that your artist's work is now selling for $10,000.00 and
you have reduced the value to "yard sale"
value because you ruined it in the framing process. I am seeing a lot
of artistic "junk" framing being done. And again that is fine if that is
what the artist chose
because it is part of the art presentation. I frame to the art work.
I do not care if my art work "matches" my
decor. I buy art that I like and I want it to look
it's very best "Sunday go to meeting" fashion.
If I owned the Mona Lisa .....I would NOT CARE
IF IT MATCHED MY DRAPES. If your acrylics
were done on paper in a watercolor style then use watercolor rules for
AND A PAPER PRINT
PHOTOGRAPHY AND PAPER PRINTS: I grouped these together because the rules
somewhat the same. Pick a frame that looks best on the work. Either
photo or a print
may need a plain frame or it may need an ornate decorative
Your taste, your budget, your choice.
PHOTO: A photo normally does not need glass unless they have been
matted. The Mat needs the glass. Most of the new photography paper will
to the glass and is hard
to impossible to get it off without damaging the photograph. If this
happens call your local
frame shop, photographer or email me and I will help you try to fix it.
PRINTS, need glass for protection from air pollution, humidity, dust,
and such:. and if matted the mat needs that glass protection.
arts prints (signed and numbered) should have a mat and glass to protect
a poster type print should be mounted* and
have glass, but not necessarily a mat, but a nice mat does afford the
more protection and does look nice on the wall.
is where the print, photo, art is GLUED down to a heavy backing board.
It keeps the piece from buckling when exposed to humidity. However,
can even buckle the art work and the backing. Keep in mind that mounting
also hurts/destroys the value of an expensive
piece of paper art, unless the mounting is done
by or "blessed" by the creating artist.
art work should not be mounted by the purchaser because it does hurt the
resale value of the art. The ARTIST
can mount before the art is sold and there is no depreciation in the
art. I always mount my paper art before I sell it
that way the buyer does not have to worry about hurting the value of the
and does not have to suffer with buckling. Personal choice is many
FOR DIMENSIONAL ITEMS
I think my favorite part of picture framing is the shadowboxing of
special collector items.
These items are always unique and the job is always different. Some
times it can be challenge,
but what a reward at the completion. I love doing the creative layout on
the items, metals,
scarves, picture, baby clothes, jewelry and all the lovely keep-sakes
that my customers
bring in to frame.
Always assemble and secure items so that will not damage each other.
Gluing the back of
a metal directly onto the frame backing is OK if you are using a
removable glue. But I still prefer to
stitch/wire it in place.
Glue a fabric items BIG NO NO. Use some common sense. Can
I remove it later?
If you need to take it apart? can it be done? without damage to any art
Fabric items should be pinned or stitched. I once reframed a beautiful
old garment with tons
and tons of beading on the front and was shocked to see that the
original framer had
"hot glued" that beautiful aging garment to the backing board. I nearly
And obviously you need a frame with enough depth for the deepest items
you are putting
into the frame, plus the depth of the glass and back board. It is
amazing how shallow a deep
I have included a drawing of how we cut foam board sides for the frame
and cover them with
fabric. This side spacer hold in the glass and provides a place for the
art work. The side
spacers can be inside lined with colored mat board or you can fabric