Framing Hints For Perfect
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.