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Framing Guidelines

Not all artwork comes framed but most art looks best bordered with some lovely wood. Here I give you ideas on which frames to purchase and direct links to where to purchase.  

I think we would all agree that framing elevates artwork. It isn't always possible or practical for an artist to sell their work framed. Framing can be a very personal decision based on aesthetics and decor choices.


As an artist, I think it's important to help facilitate the framing process for my customers. There are lots of ways to approach framing and there is no correct or incorrect way to frame a piece of artwork. The right way is what you like best! With that said, I would like to provide some guidance.

framing options

Option 1: Custom framing. Custom framing is when you take a piece of artwork to a shop and choose your wood, colors, size etc with the help of a professional. This is usually the most successful way to frame a painting but also can be the most expensive. Custom framing can also be done online. Framebridge

Option 2: Used or antique frames. Already have a frame that you love? If it fits your artwork go ahead and pop it in! This is a great way to reduce, reuse and recycle and if the frame has sentimental value, even better.


Option 3: Ready made frame. This is probably the most popular way to frame artwork. Most readily available frames today are of good quality and come in many shapes, colors and sizes. They are easy to purchase online or in stores. 

For me, Option 3 is the easiest, most cost effective way to elevate my paintings. The best way to frame most of my works on canvas is to purchase a "floater frame." This is a frame you drop the canvas into and secure with screws from the back. The result from the front is a bit of "air" around the artwork surrounded by the frame. It gives the appearance that the artwork is floating in the frame. Floater frames come with an open back.

Things to consider when purchasing a floater frame

Color-most frames come in black, white, or natural. Natural can be stained or painted to your liking. Facing-some companies offer thin and bold options. This refers to the width of wood surrounding the painting. If you want a bolder, thicker frame then you would choose the wide or bold option. Depth- this measurement refers to the depth of the entire frame and is dependent on how how thick the canvas or wood is that your framing. If your art work is 3/4 inches deep/high than you would purchase a 7/8" deep frame. 

Here are links to a few site that I use to purchase frames. 

Jerry's Artarama Floater Frames

Blick Floater Frames

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