Time for truth . . . how many times did you purchase unframed art or a print, or even personal photos and they never found a place on your walls? I’m with you. It happens and funny little thing about me, I’m probably more guilty than most. So let’s do this, lets get those never before framed pieces (or if you need one I have a shop with some available ) and let’s get them framed and on our walls!
Framing Your Art
Your artwork arrived in a clear bag and already attached to a mat. You are welcome to use the mat or choose a different mat when you go to frame it. I use an archival hinge tape to secure the art to the mat. It’s simple to remove by dabbing it with a little bit of water to release it.
It is signed on the front and comes with a certificate of authenticity. This demonstrates the work of art is the original and not a reproduction print.
No matter where you get the art framed, please consider using UV protective conservation glass or acrylic as this will prevent any color from fading and protect it from harmful elements. No glare always makes a work stand out beautifully as well. Finally, use archival quality mat board and backing that is acid free to ensure it all has an elongated life.
Custom vs Ready Made Frames
Ready made frames are by far the cheapest, easiest and quickest way to frame. But there is a downside. Most ready made frames will not protect the artwork. If you are looking for conservation and archival quality you’ll need to go with custom framing. If you’d like a floater frame (these are super popular right now) you’ll also have to look into custom framing. If your piece of art is an odd dimension (not the typical ready made frame size) you will need to do a custom frame or do a custom mat cut in the window to fit your art, and cut on the outside to fit the frame.
Matting the art will make it more substantial and fill more wall space. I highly recommend filling space. Choosing a larger sized mat will help you fill a space if the art is smaller as well. sized to fit ready made or stay with art size. what size mat. double mat or single. color. materials. conservation and archival. no mat. The original art in my studio shop all arrive carefully packaged with a 1 1/2″ archival quality mat secured with archival quality tape.