If I get asked one thing besides how to create cyanotypes, it is how to frame or framing suggestions. This question is always, always a welcome one. I love framing.
First, I’d like to say this: framing artwork gets a bad wrap.
People often gawk at how expensive framing is or talk about what a deal they got on a frame but I think we need to change our mindset. A piece of art can be wonderful but unframed it isn’t quite complete. It’s like going out without shoes or getting dressed up having not done your hair. — Are those analogies working for you!? 😉
But I do respect that we live within budgets and that we can’t go spending $500 on an original piece of work and spend an additional $500 on framing all the time. I get it. But putting a beautiful, original piece of art in a five dollar frame from the dollar store might not be the answer. Here is a list of places you can purchase frames.
As you understand your budget and what you are looking for in terms of quality, consider these places to purchase ready-made frames
IKEA – great in terms of simplicity and from far away they look great, but just ok in terms of quality, most of their frames use plexiglass glass now.
A.C. Moore or Michaels – basic to more elaborate but all within a good budget but usually higher quality than IKEA because the wood is usually real (rather than composite) and most frames come with real glass.
Williams Sonoma Home, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn — similar quality to the ones you can get in the bog box stores but the styles are usually more unique.
These kinds of companies are more and more popular. They make it super easy to see your work framed before ever sending it away, however, they don’t usually use real glass, so keep that in mind.
I have to say, this is my favorite option, especially if I invest in a really meaningful piece of work or a larger piece of work. Getting to know your local frame shop can be quite wonderful. Some frame shops have a DIY option where they provide you the materials at a reduced rate if you come in an do the assembling.
Hope this is a good place to start with your framing needs. Lesson 202 to come!