It’s one thing to find the perfect print, photograph, poster or original work of art. You are drawn to it, it speaks volumes to you and you somehow know that ‘this is the one’. With that said, knowing how to select a suitable frame can sometimes seem like an artform in itself. There are a few points to consider when selecting a frame for your piece.
1. The landscape
Whether you are displaying a classic Norman Lindsay, or just some cool black and white photographs courtesy of an art school buddy, there’s an array of
Also, thrown into the mix are important practical considerations and the ‘tools of the trade’. Therefore, it’s always best to seek out the services of a professional when framing any cherished piece of art.
2. The blank canvas
One of the biggest indicators of what should drive your selection in terms of a frame for any given piece of art are the materials that the work is created on ie. canvas, paper or some other medium. Also, some pieces will come ‘stretched’ on a canvas on a wooden frame and/or
Sometimes, they might be fashioned on a flat piece of material or paper. In other instances the piece will be intact with the original framing. The state in which an artwork comes to you will strongly influence the process in which you might set about framing it.
2. The backdrop
Particularly when framing artworks on paper, you will need to consider that these are very susceptible to the elements and general wear and tear. This is described as ‘lightweight art’. This applies to photos as well as prints etc. produced on paper and similar flimsy materials subject to warping/buckling.
3. The medium
It’s important to note that not every artwork needs – or, even should – be framed. The inherent quality of an original oil/acrylic painting is that it does not require the same treatment as a work on paper or any other lightweight form. Sometimes a work might come to you with a frame that was created by the artist.
Naturally, you would steer away from making any changes to this for posterity’s sake – any respectful art collector worth his or her salt would display a lack of artistic appreciation in committing this faux pas.
4. The method
They type of artwork and the medium used will determine suitable options when it comes to framing. There are
A floating frame is another option.
The canvas is mounted through the front of the painting – it sits on top of the frame and gives the appearance of ‘floating’. This is particularly beneficial to fragile works, as there is no risk of damaging the original piece.
5. The process
Somewhere along the process of framing a piece of art,
It’s a matter of taste and choice whether matting is required, but typically is is not a feature of original artworks on canvas. These are dignified by the use of moulding (a technical terms for fine framing) – and, this is what you would most commonly see used in an art gallery.
6. The pallette
Any fine artwork is given depth by the use tones and texture.
Framing should always complement these elements. The advice of those in the field is
In the frame
Take the time to properly select the correct frame in order to protect your art for many years to come. Do it once and do it well. The perfect frame should always enhance what you are displaying and never distract the viewer. In a lot of ways, art is passion and art is life, and such it should always be treated with a strong duty of care. With attention to detail, and the advice and service of an expert you will afford your collection the esteem it deserves.