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.