Well what do you do now that you’ve got your print or original art work in front of you?
Framing and hanging are the final steps in the journey of the piece that started with me and finishes with you. Personal taste of course plays a huge part in how you’d like your painting to look in your home but if you’re having issues here are some things to think about to put you on the right track.
Consider the space
Where do you want hang the piece and how much space will it have around it? If you have a large space you could consider a larger mount and larger frame perhaps. A wide mount will give a contemporary feel, which works well in a modern home and also draws your eye in.
Frames come in all shapes, sizes and colours these days. If you’re going to go to a professional framer then you will also be able to choose from a selection of colours for your mount too. Don’t worry though the framer will be able to advise you. Sometimes I’ll get a thin blue edge in a mount to highlight a shade of blue from a painting and then stick to a white frame or a simple fine grey or black frame can be very elegant with a plain white mount. Whatever you are considering don’t forget to factor in the colour of the wall behind.
How to hang
I’ve seen lots of cool ideas in magazines of hanging pictures with ropes, ribbons and whatever else you can find. I have never tried any of these in my own home. Mainly due to the fact that ever since I had a baby I’m a bit more wary about safety around the place and therefore stick to good old fashioned screws! I do however love skinny shelves as you can move pictures around and it gives you lots of variety. Sometimes less is more and you do not want to detract from the actual art work itself.
If you want to buy a quick readymade frame here are some measurements to help you pick the right one. If your piece came in a mount you can buy a frame to fit the mount size and discard the one that comes with your frame. Alternatively you can buy a frame to fit the picture and you can use the new mount. If you chose to remove your painting or print from the mount I have provided do so VERY CAREFULLY. Remove the tape from the board not the work.
My prints come in 3 sizes at the minute, 6x6 inches, A4 and A3. If your print came in a mount it will measure-
1.6x6 inch print in a 10x10 inch mount
2.A4 print in a 30cm x 40cm mount – fits into Ikea Ribba frame without needing to remove the mount
3.A3 print in a 40cm x 50cm mount- fits into Ikea Ribba frame without needing to remove the mount
I still have a few small original paintings for sale on the website and they come mounted in 2 sizes 10x10 inches or 10x12 inches. The exact size of the work will be stated on the listing.
Framing is not just to enhance your painting or print it is to help protect it from dust, moisture and sunlight so that it can be vibrant for many years.
I’d really love you see what you’ve chosen and how you have styled your piece in its new home. Please send me a pic to my email firstname.lastname@example.org or tag me on Facebook or Instagram