Custom Framing Art, All by Yourself

We all live a fast-paced life, between rushing out the door to work, returning drained, in search of the bed and weekends that seems to fly, there’s very little that we can call our own. While everything readymade makes life simple, it’s the custom made ones that touch the heart, be it food, clothes or picture frames!

We have already talked about finding inspiration, creativity and home decorating ideas. Why not add a dose of the newfound creativity and try our hand at custom framing some awesome art? Yes, most of us are a little reluctant or perhaps overwhelmed at the task of choosing the right design, shades or scale.

Here are some tips to get you in the frame of mind to make the right choices.

The frame

So, the first things first. One of the most important and often confusing problem while choosing to frame a piece of art is choosing the frame. While choosing the frame make sure it suits the artwork that you are planning to frame, the setting where it is to be placed and your budget as well.

Picture framing experts agree on a two-tip rule while framing an artwork.

Tip 1 – The frame width should definitely be lesser than the width of the mat. For a beautiful piece of artwork, always keep the mat larger in a variance of width.

Tip 2 – While selecting a frame, choose one that matches with the art and not with the other frames in the room.

The trends of picture framing have evolved over time, with memorabilia framing being quite popular among the masses today. Hence 3d box frames and frameless canvas frames are greatly in demand today.

The Glass

The glass is another field that has us in a twist when it comes to picture framing. The first thing is to figure out if you need a covering for your piece of art and if yes, to choose between glass or acrylic covers.

Acrylic and oil paintings need to be kept uncovered. This is because while curing, they emit gases and also needs to breathe. Also, glass, being heavy, can hinder with moving and handling of the picture.

Moisture and light are some of the worst enemies of artworks. So while you are choosing the glass for your piece, be sure to keep certain points in mind. The front cover should be wisely chosen after taking into consideration the art, desired design effect, the budget and the installation location.

Some of your possible options of front cover include the regular plate glass, which is highly reflective but affordable, conservation clear glass that is reflective and protects against UV rays and museum glass, which are non-reflective, UV resistant and expensive. Acrylic frames also called Plexiglas or Perspex are lighter than glass and offer a better replacement for traditional glass frames.

The mats

Mats are not a prerequisite component for picture framing but they add beauty to the picture. A mat is not actually necessary, but most of the artworks on the paper—such as drawings and watercolours photographs,—look best when there’s a border between the edge of the artwork and the frame.

After all, the primary goal of the framing process with the mat is to make the picture look good while adding a border between the picture and frame. In addition to highlighting the picture or art, having mats in frame physically distances the art from sticking to the front.

Mats are available in different types and made of different materials. They are available in different colours as well. All you have to do is to find the best choice to suit your work of art.


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