The framing of your artwork is as important as the selection of the
art itself. Framing prints and framing canvas are completely different
yet alike in one respect. Because the presentation actually can enhance
or detract from your print, you should use care in selecting
the colors and finish of the materials.
Paper prints are framed behind glass with special colored mats
to hold them in place and to cover the prints white edges. The
mat also separates the print from the glass. This is very important
because in time the glass could stick to the print. The mat must
be slightly larger than the paper size in order to balance the
print in the mat, which may require 3 inches or more all the
way around the image. Most prints are double and triple matted
for color enhancement. Limited editions prints should never,
ever be trimmed, once altered they are valueless to collectors.
All materials that surround and touch the print should be acid
free to conserve the print against the advances of time. This
is usually called conservation framing. Backing material is just
as important, acid bleed through from cardboard or other acid
containing materials will yellow or fade your prints in time
rendering them valueless. Save the acid-free jacket that your
print comes in, collectors expect the jacket if you sell the print
later. We, when at all posssible
frame the acid free jacket behind the print so that it will be with the print
should you ever choose to un-frame it. The canvas is stretched over
stretcher bars and the
print is framed directly in the frame with no glass or mats.
The thickness of the frame should enhance the piece, not overwhelm
General guidelines used by Art Heavens
2-3 inch width frame for frames up to 16 X 20
3-4 inch width frame for frames greater than 16 X 20
Mats are used to further enhance your art. The outer mat is
generally wider than the inner mats. Mat colors must not overwhelm
the art but should set it apart from the frame. It is generally
a good idea to have the mat selections reflect the same color
base as the art being framed. Mats come in three types, paper,
suede, and linen. The colors are identical only the material
and texture is different. All are acid free for protection
of your print.
Clear acrylic plexi is better than glass for picture framing.
AcryliteTM plexi is the specific brand selected for it’s high
crystal clear appearance.
We offer the regular clear standard plexi. Plexi none glare
and none glare with ultra violet protection are available if
customer request them and they do cost more than the standard
regular clear plexi.
Our expert art consultants carefully chose complimentary frames
for each print. We offer two standard chosen type of frames only.
One metal, clear plexi glass for Giclée special paper canvas
and one for canvas. Canvas prints get coated after they get framed.
kind of frames are desired, a special arrangements has to be
made by the client.