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DIY Framing tips

I’m guilty of having artwork in my home that is just waiting to be framed, it’s frustrating for it to not quite fit the mount in a standard frame shy by just a few millimetres so it gets put in a ‘sort it later pile’ and waiting until I can source professional help.

Framers are experts at explaining what frame will complement the work and I have learnt so much, I adore the finished effect and for some pieces it is essential, don’t get me wrong, I adore a bespoke frame but I also have an art collection obsession and professionally framing every piece in my home isn’t an option as it can be expensive.

With this in mind, I made the decision a few years ago to work in standard sizes to that any of my artworks would fit a frame ‘off the shelf’ which can remove the uncertainty of the extra cost, and provide more framing options. I sell work unframed so that you can choose what will suit your home and tastes.

This month I thought I would share my tips for DIY framing:

· I usually take the artwork to the shop and hold it up to the frame so that I can visualise the finished result better.

· Ensure that the frame has a mount large enough to reveal the edition number, title and signature. Artworks have lots of space around them to accommodate them.

· A mount will prevent the print from rubbing or sticking against the glass.

· A mount can also add perspective, gives the image space and makes it more of a presence on the wall.

· Ensure you secure your artwork with acid-free double-sided tape- a bit in each corner will do the job.

· D- rings secured a third of the way down the vertical edge of the frame works best for smaller prints.

· It's worth watching a video about how to secure the picture cord or wire correctly to make sure that the work will be secure.

· You could add some framers tape to the back to protect the work from dust and moisture and give added stability to the frame.

I hope these tips give you the confidence to frame your own art! If you have any questions please get in touch, I would love to hear your thoughts.


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