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10 things I’ve learned about framing.

Framing your art for success.

10 things I’ve learned about framing.

Framing doesn’t have to be expensive to look good. There are many options for making frames look fantastic without spending a lot of money. Below is a list of 10 things to consider while making decisions about how and why to frame your work.

Preservation Guide for Matting and Framing

Library of Congress - collection care and preservation

Preservation Guide for Matting and Framing

We follow all the rules outline in this guide, aimed at explaining principals in preservation framing. The terms "archival" and "preservation" and "conservation" are often used interchangeably in picture framing to refer to framing that gives artwork the highest level of protection possible. This type of framing is recomended for all valuable artwork, whether the value is monetary, historical or sentimental. 

Types of Matboard

A lesson on Matboards

Types of Matboard

Matboard, also referred to as a mat, is a heavy paper-based material used in the picture framing process. This cardboard-like material sits between a frame and your photography or artwork to give it a complete finished look. During the picture framing process, matboard also serves as additional protection, separating the art from the glass.

This article describes various different types of Matboards...

Wood Profiles

A lesson on mouldings

Wood Profiles

The mouldings pictured are the basic profiles of the framing industry. Profiles maybe wider, taller, have a deeper rabbet. They may be decorated with various finishes and embellishments. The quality of wood used in the finishing methods may vary with each manufacturer.

There are trends in the framing industry just as in decorating and clothing. The companies that design mouldings take into consideration the colours, furniture, and types of art that are popular and make mouldings to suit. Mouldings may be discontinued when they go out of style, although many "classics" remained available for many years.

Picture Framing Glossary of Terms

Picture Framing Glossary of Terms

The following definitions were written and borrowed from a number of sources. They are not encyclopedic definitions but we hope they are clear to you, and comprehensive enough to provide you with useful understandings of the terms. They are applicable to the creation, production and framing of art.

Framing Ideas

Expert thoughts on framing

Framing Ideas

A good frame completes a painting. In my studio I keep on hand many sizes of tester frames. Some didn’t start out as a tester frame but with handling and show dings they became that way. For testing, even an old ugly frame is better than no frame at all. Usually at about the 3/4 mark of a painting I will try it out in a frame to get a fresh perspective and often find I'm farther along than I thought. This helps me avoid overworking a piece.  Let's see what other tips the experts have…

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