Framing In Artwork

Framing In Artwork (What You Need to Know)


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    Framing in artwork is one of the most important steps in getting your painting displayed to your liking. There are many different options available-both in terms of materials and frames-but you’ll need to know what you’re trying to achieve before you make any decisions. Framed paintings can be hung on the wall, fixed to a stand, or propped up on an easel for hands-on viewing. Find out more about framing artwork (what you need to know) here!

    What Is Framing in Artwork?

    Framing artwork is the process of protecting your work with a frame. The frame can either be made of glass, plexi-glass, or wood. It’s important to take into consideration what effect you want your final piece to have. You’ll need to find out how much space you have available before deciding on the size of your frame. Generally, the bigger the painting, the larger the frame.

    Looking for a frame for your artwork, but couldn’t you decide which one to choose? There is no need to feel alone. In addition to color and finish, you’ll think about scale, the piece’s design, and whether you ought to use a mat or more- or a few. Acidity, conservation, and UV and infrared blockage are also factors to consider. To make educated decisions, you will need to put yourself in the right frame of mind.

    How To Frame Artwork

    Framing artwork is a great way to protect your paintings from falls and dust. It also adds a layer of professionalism to your piece if you plan on selling it or displaying it in public. When framing a painting, there are a few things that you’ll need to consider first, such as the space available for hanging, what effect you’re going for with the final piece, and whether or not you want a matte or glossy finish. There are many different types of frames available-wood, glass, paper-but you should choose wisely to create the perfect framed artwork!


    – Determine what your framed piece will be used for (e.g wall art, as an easel painting) 

    – Choose a type of frame that’s perfect for the viewing method you’re going for (wall hanging, easel painting)

    – Customize your mat and backing if needed-make it as simple or as intricate as desired!

    – Hang on the wall or prop up/stand on an easel to display!

    * Be sure to maintain care and proper maintenance so your piece stays in great condition throughout its lifetime.

    *This is only possible with plexiglass and glass framing styles; wooden frames can’t stand by themselves. Use wire or nails to attach them firmly to a wall.

    The Cost Of Framing (Materials + Labor)

    The cost of framing a painting from start to finish can vary depending on a few different factors. There are the materials, the type of frame that you want, and any different types of extras. An estimate of the cost for framing your artwork is from $10-$200 on up depending on the materials and the size of the artwork. You can make your framed paintings look professional by adding some special features such as custom detailing on the frame or an inscription under the glass. It’s also possible to make your own frames by using recycled objects like cereal boxes!


    Hair bangs can highlight facial features by framing a face; an artwork mat draws attention to the artwork by separating it from the frame. In general, paper artworks-such as photographs, drawings, and watercolors-appear best if the border between the edge of the piece and the frame extends beyond the edge of the panel. Frame’s objective should always be to make your piece look its best. 

    The materials used for framing artworks and frames

    – Wood

    – Paper

    – Glass

    – Plexiglass

    – Vinyl

    – Acrylic

    – Metal

    The quality of the materials used in your artwork will describe how good it looks when framed. If you plan on hanging your painting up, for example, you’ll need a larger frame to make sure your artwork is noticeable. A wooden frame will be very sturdy and easy to secure onto the wall while a paper one will cost less but still look great with its matte finish. It’s important to determine what sort of material you want before purchasing a frame so that you don’t have any problems later on down the line. Happy framing!

    Here is a list of Mats:

    Paper Mats

    Paper mats can be acidic or noon-acidic. Acid paper mats are made of wood pulp and are sometimes called decorative mats. The wood pulp contains lignin, an acidic compound that causes burn marks on yellow and brown artwork. An acid mat can be identified by a yellowed angle, which indicates a piece has been framed with it. The air should remain white, even if it weren’t acidic. 

    On inexpensive, easily replaceable items, such as ousts, it’s usually okay to use an acid mat. For artwork that has already been matted or for art that has been matted a long time ago, replacing it with a non-acid mat may be a good idea if you’re uncertain what kind of mat was used. Most farmers don’t even carry decorative mats since they’re less expensive than acid-free mats.

    Paperboard (Remit Board)

    Acid neutralization has been applied to wood pulp to make a regular mat board. There are many mat materials available that are “acid-free.” The lifespan should be approximately 100 years. Although acid matboards are more expensive than regular (acidic) paper mats, the difference is not that substantial. The easiest way to mat most pieces is with this matting, which works better for low- to mid-level artworks and photos.

    Rag Mats Made Solely Of Cotton

    This is typically made out of cotton rags with backing paper that rests near the artwork. Most pieces of artwork can be matted with rag mats, which are acid-free and of high quality. These mats are perfect for artwork that doesn’t need to be highly conserved and artwork that needs to last a long time. Whether its family pictures or watercolors, rag mats make the perfect frame for everything.

    Archival Or Conservation Mat Board

    The material is highly expensive and is the least acidic. It is made from ph-neutral cellulose that’s been treated to be inert for hundreds of years, so when it comes to more valuable artworks and works that require the best preservation, it’s the best choice.

    Fabric-wrapped mats, such as linen, are also available in vellum, suede, and other materials.

    Mat Scale

    There’s no hard-and-fast rule. In general, it is subjective and depends on the piece and the client’s personal preferences. 

    Multiple Mats 

    Adding another mat or two helps draw viewers’ attention to the artwork by creating a more pronounced visual delineation. The presentation mustn’t overwhelm the art, meaning that the framing should enhance the art, not take its place. 

    Colored Mats

    Even more, the impact can be achieved by adding a color-contrasting mat. However, whether a colored mat should be incorporated ultimately depends on personal preference. But the wrong-color mat can be the death of an image. Typically, a neutral mat should be used for the dominant border (white is classic these days), and then a colored secondary mat should be added if the color in the artwork enhances the work.

    Framing Paintings In Different Ways

    Different types of frames will frame your paintings in very different ways. If you’re looking to frame your piece as wall art, then you’ll want an extra-large frame that will take up space and draw attention to your painting. If you’re planning on showcasing your piece on an easel, then the frame should be lightweight and easy to move around. You need to decide whether or not you want a matte or glossy finish before choosing plexiglass or glass for the protection of your painting.


    There are many options for framing a piece and deciding which one best suits it is a personal choice. Various materials are used for framings, such as wood, metal, resin, gesso, and gold or silver leaf.

    Cost of the frame

    Resin (polystyrene) frames are the least expensive at around $5 per linear foot; wooden frames are generally more expensive, but the average frame costs between $15 and $25.

    The length of a standard frame molding piece is 118 inches. Even extremely large pieces can be framed.

    For many people, selecting the right frame is overwhelming. In addition to taking pictures of the room, measurements, and a swatch of the wall color, the seller should ask the customer to take a few photos before arriving at his store. Consequently, it is necessary to ask several questions to understand the living space of the customer better. The piece must also work well with the surroundings.

    To determine what designs are appropriate for your budget, you should first inform your framer what your budget is. This way, it prevents time wastage, and you avoid falling in love with something you cannot afford. Further, don’t be shy to ask questions or share your likes and dislikes.

    Guidelines for Frames

    Professional framers agree on two framing recommendations despite the fluidity of frame selection criteria.

    Frame Width Should Be Thinner Than The Mat

    A mat that is one inch wide would look strange with a frame that is one inch wide. To create a variance in width, the mat should be larger.

    Choosing The Best Frame For It?

    This tenet is true for various artworks, such as a collection of photography, drawings, and paintings arranged in a pleasing pattern, rather than several similar items in the same room. The art will look great in the room if you do what is best for it.

    Framers are sometimes approached by clients who bring photos of existing frames or other finishes in the room and request that the new frame match. These risks look wrong if he tries to match something and it falls short of what he intended. If you want to compliment the décor in the room but retain the impact of the art, you need to choose something complementary to it.

    The Trends in Frames

    In contrast to fashion and makeup, frame trends do not pass so quickly. An expensive frame should last and look good for many years, so you want to get the most out of your investment. However, you should be aware of a couple of framing trends.

    The use of white frames is especially popular right now, especially for contemporary artwork. Indeed, white is the new black. In addition, very modern artwork often pairs with ornate frames and even graffiti-style art.

    What Are Different Types Of Frames?

    Wooden Frames 

    are usually stained or painted black to create a classic aesthetic that’s suitable for all prints including prints that belong in rustic settings or classic home décor themes. This traditional style suits almost every type of artwork.

    Wood frames can come in many different styles, including oil-painted, silver-leafed, and lines. Most wood framed pieces are matted with a neutral color such as white or black to complement the frame and artwork.

    Silver Frames

    are often made from aluminum with a metallic sheen. They’re often shiny and reflective, but this is entirely dependent on how they’ve been finished. Most people choose silver frames because they suit modern artworks.

    Gold Frames 

    are also popular because they give off an expensive feel. These have a slightly aged look with warm colors-reds, oranges, and yellows are more attractive in golden frames than cooler shades.


     In shadow boxes, 3-D objects are mounted within deep frames. It is important to determine how to mount an object most effectively while being the least invasive. Hand-sewing has often been used to attach the object to a mat board, or the object may be recessed into the mat board, or a small shelf or support will be created to hold it.

    A shadow box’s mounting needs to be as invisible as possible and reversible so don’t use permanent materials like staples or glue.

    Going without frames

    Whether canvas paintings are framed or unframed depends on their stretcher bars. A typical oil painting or acrylic painting is usually created in this way. A painting that is unframed will expose the side, which is typically the color of the canvas or gesso white or linen.

    Something is charming about unframed paintings. If the canvas is folded over at the corners, you may see some paint smears on edge and a thick bump created.

    Giclée prints (pronounced zhee-Klay) are also available frameless. It involves printing into canvas using fade-resistant, pigment-based archival ink that can be used for other materials. In contrast with a regular painting, the image is wrapped around the sides.


    Are you aware of when you should use museum glass, regular glass, or Plexiglas, or even when to use glass at all? Paper-based artworks are protected with Plexiglas or glass. Because oils and acrylics release gases as they cure, they should be left uncovered. In addition to being heavy, glass can also pose a challenge when shipping large objects.

    To determine the best choice, one should consider the value of the artwork, the budget, the installation location, and the desired effect. You may be able to get assistance from a framer. The following are the options and their characteristics:

    Regular plate glass:

    High Reflectivity. This product does not block UV rays. It’s the cheapest option.

    Conservation Clear Glass

    It can reflect. The product blocks 99 percent of ultraviolet rays. More expensive than regular glass, but less expensive than museum glass.

    Museum Glass:

    Non-reflecting. It blocks 99 percent of UV rays Most expensive type of glass. The protection provided by glass against UV rays can never be 100 percent. Installing UV-filtering window films is the best way to prevent this problem. It is still possible for UV rays to damage artwork over time, despite only one percent of them passing through.

    Plexiglass Frames

    give off a modern vibe with their transparent appearance and sleek design while also protecting your piece from potential damage. Plastic is easier to clean than glass while still providing the same level of protection against dust and scratches. You can’t normally see through them like you would plexiglass. They aren’t very suitable for prints that need framing tightly due to their ability to bend slightly when pushed on.  

    Plexiglass Frames provide more stability than plastic frames because they’re made from thicker material. They’re usually more opaque than plastic frames too, so you can see the artwork clearly through them. This style of framing is great for framed art that needs to be displayed tightly where there isn’t much space between the frame and the wall.

    Acrylic makes Plexiglas a more lightweight material than glass, making it ideal for large pieces of artwork that need to be shipped. This material is also available in standard and UV-filtered varieties.

    Another reason to prefer Plexiglas over glass is that infrared light can be just as harmful to your artwork as UV rays. In addition to cooking pigments and paper, UV rays can cause damage to the work as well, especially if it is under glass. 

    The heat-conducting properties of glass strengthen infrared light’s destructive effects. In comparison, Plexiglas is an insulator, so the potential for damage is significantly reduced.

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    Why we love arts and crafts? We love arts and crafts beacause they are enjoyed by people of all ages. For kids, crafts can be a fun and creative way to spend an afternoon. For adults crafting can be a relaxing hobby or a chance to express their creativity. Arts and crafts can also be used to DIY projects around the house or to create decor for your home.

    Arts can be as simple as painting a picture or as complicated as building a piece of furniture. No matter what your skill level, there is an arts and craft project that is perfect for you. So why not try your hand at arts and crafts today? You might just find that you have a hidden talent for artful creation!

    Bottom line 

    You can save both money and time by planning and preparing. Frame it easy is the same when it comes to custom framing. It is important to think about a couple of things before ordering your frame to be pleased with the finished item. If you have recently received a new piece of art, are looking to upgrade your existing frames, or have just finished working on that puzzle, now is the time to display it. 

    Framing artwork is not only important for the protection of your work, but it can also help you achieve different effects. For example, if you want to hang your art on the wall then the frame needs to be larger than if you wanted to stand it up on an easel. You also need to decide on the quality of materials used in order to get the desired finish of your piece. One of the most important things is cost-framing a painting can be very expensive, so make sure that you consider all of these before finding something that looks good with your artwork!

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