How To Frame Art
Understanding how to frame art can help cut down on expenses. It is unfortunate, but art can be expensive, especially original art. Also, the worst part about the whole process is that that sometimes framing a piece of art can be just as expensive as buying the piece. The good news is that if you do it yourself, you can greatly reduce the costs when you frame art.
To frame art you will need:
- Appropriately sized frame
- Choose the right frame. Now, many people choose elaborate frames, full of detail. This, however, can detract from the piece. It is much more advisable to choose a frame that is simple in nature. You want a person’s eye to be drawn to the piece of art, not to the frame.
- The color of the frame, as well as the matting, should not match the colors in the picture. When you frame art, the frame and matting colors should be neutral and work to complement the art. Good colors are black, beige, gray, and white. When you match colors to the art, the piece gets lost inside the frame, and it does not stand out.
- Measure the art before you decide on a frame. When you take measurements, keep in mind that you need the height, width, and depth of the piece of artwork. Many people overlook the depth, and because of this, they wind up buying frames that do not fit.
- Not every piece of art will need a matte when you frame it. Certain pieces of art stick out better without mattes. So keep this in mind as you frame your art.
- When you begin to matte the art, consider having a retailer at the store cut the piece to size. They will usually do this at no additional cost, as long as you are purchasing the matting at the store. The opening of the matting should allow for a good majority of the art to show. It can, however, overlap the piece of art a little.
- Assemble and hang. It really is as simple as that. As long as you keep the dimensions, colors, and size of the art piece in mind, framing art is a cinch.