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The Complete Photo
Guide to Framing and
Displaying Artwork

by Vivian Carli Kistler

 

Framing and display
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The author provides inspiration and helpful examples to show people how to display their artwork using basic design principles in a manner that is easily grasped.

An Amazon best !

Home Book of Picture
Framing
by Ken Oberreicht

One of the best ! I think ! Over 40,000 copies of the first edition sold : it cannot be an error !


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This home Book of Picture Framing is the most comprehensive guide to mounting, matting, and framing oil paintings, watercolors, posters, photographs, calendar pages, and greeting cards without spending a fortune...

The first phrase : No do-it-yourself activity will save the homeowner or apartment dweller more money than the mounting, matting, and framing of artwork, photographs, posters, documents, and collectibles....

 

 

How to FRAME a PAINTING CANVAS... Choosing the molding color?

You have a painting to frame...

framed OIA Cyclads upstairs

Drawings and paintings on this site are sold unframed.

Indeed, choosing a framework is a matter of personal feeling and the choice of its color is based on colors we found in the art-work, of your home ...

It is not possible to advise or provide generic picture frames for a tasteful decoration of your home!

 

 

General principles ... to be broken!

You have just purchased a picture on canvas oil or acrylic painted ... The probleme now is how to frame it...

Do not hurry! Take time to think! Until you choose a frame you can perfectly hang up the frame as is on the wall ...

Here are some basic principles that have nothing immutable ... and nobody forces you to followthem because the choice of a frame depends on your sensitivity and your personal taste.

RULE 1: Choose a style of molding according to the style of your canvas!

As many an old painting can be highlighted by a gilded and worked mouldings, as a modern canvas can be satisfied with a sober and clean lines frame...

framed woman tahiti pearls

But just visit museums to understand that tortured and carved picture frames are now completely obsolete ... modern interiors require greater simplicity and bearness ...

framed Watteau

 

RULE 2 : Choose the frame color first to fit with the canvas !

Generally, it is better to choose as the frame color that is not the dominant color of the painting ... If you are unsure of your choice, choose a neutral and simple color .

In the example below, we chose to frame the dominant blue color of the art work... The juxtaposition of all these shades of blue is not very attractive:

blue moulding frame for OIA city

it would have been preferable to choose a neutral color, a beige supported (or pink or even an off-white) color reminiscent of some of the houses located in the center of the art :

framed windmills in OIA

If, despite everything - the rules are made to be broken! - You decide to stay in the dominant blue color, an inner frame* clear neutral color (white, cream or titanium) which will ensure the transition between the different shades of the dominant color...

Moulin Oia encadré marie louise

Of course, you will also pay attention of the environment in which the framework will be placed: if the frame is appropriate for the painting but do not fit the environment ... is without doubt that the painting itself does not fit this place!

* A inner frame is a small frame fixed inside the main frame and the color clear the transition between the colors of the painting and those of the frame itself.

 

RULE 3: Choose a size of moulding adapted to the canvas size.

Always remember that the picture frame is intended to highlight the art-work it contains ... It must attract attention while remaining unobtrusive so as not to distort the art work.

Therefore, especially in the case of modern paintings, you should not exaggerate the width of the molding.

Many galleries prefer the "American box" (floater frame) sober and simple: it comes in several colors, gilded edges or not. This is an excellent solution, of inexpensive narrow frame molding :

Lesbos street floater frame

And you can easily build it by yourself...

Here is an example cons not to reproduce ... where the picture frame takes precedence over painting:

Venise San Giorgio encadré

The molding is much too broad and gilding crushes tones of this painting in Venice ... certainly we would have preferred it ... more sober and discreet

VeniCe san Giorgio framed

(Notice the choice of color "dusty rose" for the molding to match the color of the background buildings)

Finally ...


But maybe you want to build your own picture frame? To get exactly what you want? Please visit the pages of the menu item "wood made" ...Floater Frames as an example?

 

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