Your new artwork needs a frame to make it sing! I know that picking the perfect frame can be tricky, so here are a few handy tips.
Mount or No Mount?
A mount acts as a border to the artwork – it is a flat piece of card which sits inside the frame. A mount can add an extra layer of depth and make the artwork pop! They also protect the artwork, by separating the glass from the artwork.
They add some space around the artwork and, as a bonus, adding a mount means that you don’t have to find a frame which fits your artwork perfectly. Simply purchase a frame which is larger than the artwork, then you can cut a mount to fit! I generally find it easiest to buy a frame in the size up – e.g. if you are purchasing an A4 print, then buy an A3 size frame and then purchase the mount to overlap the print slightly to bridge the gap. You can use a little acid free tape on the back of the print/mount to secure it in place.
If you would prefer this is done professionally, then your local framer will be able to cut a mount for you. I also love the website frames.co.uk, who can cut bespoke mounts to fit your measurements: https://www.frames.co.uk/mounts. They have great customer service so give them a ring if you need help.
I love mounts but my artwork will also work perfectly in a frame without a mount, which you may find is a simpler option! My artwork is sized on typical UK paper – A5, A4, A3, A2 and A1 – and finding frames in these sizes is super easy.
Your Local Framer
My first port of call would be my local framer. They really are the experts in making sure your artwork is displayed in the best way possible! Getting your artwork framed and/or mounted professionally, especially larger prints, will ensure that it lasts a lifetime. A quick google search in your area and you’re bound to find one – and you’ll be supporting a local craft business!
Framing on a budget
I can recommend the website frames.co.uk who are based in the UK, have great customer service and can deliver. They do ready made frames, as well as custom made frames in lots of different colours and finishes.
My favourite ready made frame of theirs is this gold frame: https://www.frames.co.uk/ready-made-frame/385/gold-aluminium-frame which can be bought on it’s own or paired with a custom cut mount which you can order here: https://www.frames.co.uk/mounts. It has acrylic safety glazing which is very difficult to break and just as clear as glass. I recommend measuring the artwork when it arrives to ensure you order your mount with the correct measurements you like.
If you have seen a framed print on my website that you like, feel free to drop me a line and I will do my best to help you!