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Framing Hints For Perfect Display

 

Whether you have purchased your painting as an investment, or as a beautiful decorative piece to display in a particular room or setting, selecting a picture frame that enhances the presentation of the painting can be easily accomplished by following a few simple guidelines:

 

 

OIL AND ACRYLIC PAINTINGS

 

Oil and acrylic paintings may be painted on a variety of substrates…canvas board, stretched canvas, or Masonite board. Many contemporary artists also use stretched canvas wrapped around a deeper wood frame so that the artwork may be hung without a decorative frame if desired.

 

When selecting a frame, make sure that the rabbet (notch in the back of the frame) is appropriate for the depth of the artwork to be mounted.

 

A linen liner is often used to help the separate the painting from the frame. This technique helps the painting to stand on its own without competing with the frame for attention. Liners come in standard widths of 1.25”, 2” and 3” to fit almost any frame.  Custom sizes can also be made.

 

When measuring the painting, in order to select the right size frame, measure at the corners where the canvas has been overlapped. Be sure to include the width of a linen liner if one is to be used.

 

Frames are available in a wide range of sizes and designs, from very simple to extremely decorative…from old-world classics to modern sophisticates. It is always best to take the painting with you to the frame shop and let the framer show you various frame designs, with and without liners, so that you can select the one that will best display in your home or office.

 

There is no set rule regarding the width of the frame material and the size of the painting, though larger paintings usually will display better in larger frames. Many small paintings can also be beautifully displayed in quite large frames.

 

 

WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS AND PRINTS

 

 

Watercolor paintings, prints, photographs, and most other graphics, should be displayed under glass. UV coated glass is recommended to reduce fading of the colors. Clear or non-glare acrylic glazing is also a popular choice due to its lighter weight.

 

Most watercolor paintings are framed with a wide mat in white or a complementary color. It normally provides at least a 2 1/2” border all around the image. Larger paintings may look best with a wider border. Many people like a slightly larger mat depth at the bottom. Some very decorative effects can be accomplished be overlaying more than one mat. The top mat would normally reveal 1/4” of the lower mat.

 

Frames for watercolor paintings are usually not as wide as those used for oil paintings. In most cases a simpler frame will be the most pleasing, and display the artwork to its best advantage.

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Note: Every effort has been made to present the paintings as close to their actual colors as possible, but due to limitations of the internet, and the calibration of various monitors, you can expect slight differences on the actual painting. Prices shown do not include frames. Copyright 2017. All rights reserved.