The Art and Science of Framing --|
The Frame Itself
A frame is constructed of wood or metal moulding, which comes in a wide range of quality and style, and is joined at the corners. Wood moulding should be consistent in stain and grain on all four sides, i.e. the four sides should look like they belong together.
We assemble the frame using V-nails inserted from the bottom by a pneumatic joiner to ensure the highest strength and a smooth even joint with no visible nail marks. Other, cheaper, assembly methods can be used, but the end product is generally weaker and not as neat.
Whether you've got prints, paintings or photographs, following the above guidelines will give you the maximum enjoyment and protection for your art. A poorly done frame very often results in a damaged artwork (fade, and tape marks etc.) lessening both the life and the resale value of the piece. So protect your art purchase, and make sure that it is properly framed!
Selecting The Frame And Matting For Your Print
There are different approaches that can be taken to framing a print. But whatever the approach used, the colors and style of both the frame and the matting will substantially affect how the print is perceived.
We feel that the artwork should be framed for the enhancement of the art itself. To accomplish this in framing a print, select mat colors from the colors in the print itself. This tends to bring out the colors in the print and lead attention into the print, rather than distract from it. The same with the frame: Try to pick framing materials that repeat textures, patterns and other elements in the print itself. Framing elements that are totally different in appearance from the elements in the print tend to pull attention to the frame and off the art work; this you want to avoid. The end result should be pleasing to the eye, and contribute to—not distract from—the perception of the print itself.
What about the environment? If the artwork itself is suitable to the environment, a frame designed as above will be also. There are other approaches (e.g. matching the frame to your furniture, or other framed pieces), but we've found that framing to enhance the piece itself—focusing on the artwork rather than the environment—results in a finished product that looks very good and never has to be reframed.
The Framer’s Art
Mat colors, textures, cut outs, shadow boxes, accent items, and quality craftsmanship—anything that enhances the image—demonstrates the framers art. We've chosen these examples to show you what is possible and to enable you to communicate more easily how you would like your pieces framed. There are few limits to the use of framing to enhance display. We've framed an Olympic torch, caste paper sculpture, gowns, and uniforms. Anything that you would like to protect and display can be framed. Please click on the examples to the left for more detail, and visit the next page to see even more examples of what can be done.
You're also invited to visit our gallery located at 17726 Sierra Hwy, Canyon Country, CA (35 miles north of Los Angeles), where we always have an ever changing variety of framed pieces on display.
Dave Joseph, President, Gallery Josephs Fine Art
See page three for more examples including some interesting shadow box displays of valuable objects, and links to other sites to help you in your framing choices.