With so many ways to frame and mount your artwork, how do you go about choosing the right style? These framing tips below should help.
10 framing tips that make your life easier
1. WIDE BORDERS GIVE A MODERN TOUCH
To give your work a contemporary feel, consider using wide-mount borders and a flat, featureless frame moulding. Wide borders are very popular nowadays. They give the artwork visual ‘breathing space’ and tend to draw the viewer’s eye toward the picture.
2. BIG BOTTOMS ADD BALANCE
Use a slightly wider bottom mount border to provide a better balance of your image within the mount. However, proceed with caution – too large and the overall effect will be the opposite to what’s intended, making the image unbalanced. Most professionals would add just 3 or 4mm.
3. CONSIDER DOUBLE MOUNTS
Add a luxury feel to your framed artwork by the subtle use of two mounts of the same colour, a deep bottom mount and a standard-depth top mount. The 3-D effect this gives should not be under-estimated; it’s a technique favoured by major publishing houses to enhance their prints.
4. GROOVES LOOK V. CLASSY!
A V-groove in the mount is a good way to provide a classic feel to your framing.
5. EMPHASISE YOUR LAYOUTS
Varying the widths of your mount borders can emphasise the layout of your artwork. For a portrait piece, use wider top and bottom borders. Similarly, wider sides can greatly enhance a landscape.
6. ACCENTUATE HIGHLIGHTS
Pick out highlight colours in your work with an appropriately coloured bottom mount in a double-mount set.
7. USE PROTECTIVE BARRIERS
If your image is on paper, use a barrier board behind the painting to protect it from any harmful effects. Use a mount to keep the paper surface away from the glazing.
8. ONE FRAME FITS ALL
If you have a series of related images, a multi-opening mount can provide an attractive and cost-effective alternative to multiple frames. These can usually be custom-made to fit the layout you wish so you don’t have to be constrained by restrictive designs.
9. BLACK IS BACK
Black core mounts look great with black and white artwork. When a black core mount is cut, the resulting bevel provides a pleasing thin black line to border the image. This looks effective with a plain black frame.
10. CAST YOUR ‘NET WIDE
Some quality framing companies provide interactive websites so you can design your own frames. Some even allow you to upload your own digital image.