By: Emily Jones

Bringing Pictures and Frames Together for Your Own Artwork

Whether you have the vision of Michelangelo or the skill of a toddler with finger paints, your own artwork can be a wonderfully personal and appealing addition to your own décor.  Of course, this means that you will need to choose the right picture frames to ensure that the artwork with be displayed to its best advantage.

As a rule of thumb, to enhance the look of your pictures, the frames that you select should be good quality, the right style, an appropriate size, and a suitable color.  This means that you will have a number of choices to make, but by mulling them over carefully the stunning outcome will be genuinely rewarding.

There are a number of supplies that you will need to bring your pictures and frames together.  Among others, these include:

  • Wood or metal frames – your choice will depend on the overall look you want, your budget, and the location in which you will be hanging your artwork.
  • Mats – there are several shapes, sizes, colors and styles from which to choose, including using more than one.  These are a great way to enhance the look of your art.
  • Mounting boards – this is the backing for your frame, which may not seem like a big deal to you (because it will be behind the piece and not visible), it is actually a very important part of the display and preservation of your picture.
  • Glazing  – this is often called the “glass” that is used to protect your framed artwork and give the framing a finished appearance.
  • Accessories and tools – there are a number of other items that you could require, depending on the type of framing project you choose. Make sure to select the right products to ensure the best possible result.

You will also need to choose whether your artwork will be best suited to custom picture frames or one that is ready made.  This can depend on the look you want, or the size of the artwork that you’d like to frame.

Each of your decisions will have an impact on the final look and cost of your picture framing project.  Fortunately, when you choose the right supplier, you will be able to benefit from the look and performance of high quality frames, without having to spend an arm and a leg.  This is important, as the frame you select can have a considerable impact on the appearance of your artwork.

Keep in mind that framing your own artwork can be addictive.  Once you have the right tools and complete your first project, you may find that it doesn’t take long before you’re hanging more of your own work and are giving it as gifts, as well.

When it all comes down to it, the partnership between pictures and frames should be considered along the same lines as the expression “it’s the clothes that makes the man”.  It may be what is inside that has the true beauty and value, but it is what is on the outside that sets it off.

Featured Image: Creative Commons – Attribution photo by Emily Jones

Article by Kelsi Roth

Kelsi Roth is the Social Media Coordinator and a Showroom Representative at American Frame. She is currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Art with a concentration in New Media at the University of Toledo. Her love of art and photography brought her into the framing business where her love of sharing and connecting energizes American Frame’s social media presence. To reach her, send an email to [email protected].

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