Framing Tips


Purchasing Frames Online

There are several online sources that sell customized mats and frames.  This is a very economical choice allowing you to pick your mat color and frame size.  The frame arrives ready to assemble and hang with your artwork.  The following sites offer a vast array of both mats and frames:

frameusa.com

americanframe.com

pictureframes.com

framesbymail.com

  Ready-made Frames

Ready-made frames are available from stores such as Ikea, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Hobby Lobby & Michael's.  Their frames may be purchased online as well.

Using An Existing Frame

Many clients prefer to use a frame that they already have.  They may be antique frames or even an old window that they wish to convert into a frame.  As long as your frame is larger than the print, you can utilize it by having a custom cut mat. Two places that can do this for you are Hobby Lobby and Michael's.  Your local frame shop can also assist you.

Choosing A Mat

Choosing a mat is optional depending upon the frame used.  If using a mat, I always recommend an archival, acid free mat.  Lesser quality paper mats may yellow over the years and may also yellow the print.  

Have Fun!

There is an endless variety of framing options out there.  Have fun looking at various options before deciding!  If the whole process seems daunting and overwhelming to you, pay a visit to your local frame shop where they can assist you with choices that best present your piece of art.