How Should You Frame That Piece?
Beyond Basic Black
While I only carry several different styles in stock, that doesn’t mean that your choices are limited. Please give me a call for a personal consultation to discuss your particular design needs. I work with several large national frame moulding distributors on a regular basis, and can provide custom framing services from a simple gift to a whole office project. Call or email, and I can provide corner samples, and more images of frame projects.
A classic frame package consists of one or more mats over the photograph, which is attached by means of archival paper hinges to a backing board. The image is protected either by glass or by plexiglass, and in some cases, a laminate finish over the print. You can purchase my work in several different frame styles, both manufactured, and custom-built in my shop.
My favorite frame for the moment is Palladio, in black/brown. It’s a mildly distressed wood frame with a beeswax finish. The dark tones complement most of the “Dakota Montana” and “Stories Told in Things Left Behind” series. I pair it with TruVue’s Conservation Reflection Control glass (CRC), which pairs a diffusion layer to keep glare down, with a UV protective coating on the back. Frames are finished on the back with sturdy hangers, plastic coated wire which won’t rust or stain your walls, and a black Tyvek® dust-cover.
The Gallery Frame
Another classic style is the black wood gallery frame. On the larger pieces, (20×26 and above), it’s a 1 1/2″ matte black style, with simple square lines. For smaller pieces, a 3/4″ molding is used. And as a third option, I offer a metal frame with a brushed “Florentine” finish, also in black.
Typically with the gallery frame, I use TruVue’s Conservation Clear glass, which is offers less expensive UV protection, without the reflection control. Larger pieces (up to 30×40) can be framed and glassed, either in the Palladio style, or in a black gallery frame. On occasion, I also use acrylic glazing to keep the weight down for a more traditional presentation in a frame.
I’ve also begun producing larger prints in several glassless configurations. A canvas photograph is laminated to a backing board (GatorBoard) and then framed. The backs are finished with heavy-duty hangers, plastic coated wire and a black Tyvek dustcover.
These laminated pieces also look great in my new custom barnwood frames. You can get these in a number of styles, including the Western style barnwood frame; a redwood / Brazilian cherry combination; and a solid walnut composite. Each frame is crafted by hand, one at a time. Four types of hand-made reclaimed wood frames are available to you, in sizes 16×24 on up to 6 feet wide.
Western Style Frame
You can also choose a simpler barn wood style, the Western Style frame. Constructed of simple aged wood, it frames a traditional image perfectly at an affordable cost.
Traditional canvas frames with liner
For a more traditional look, I use a dark-toned 2″ square frame with a 1″ linen liner, as well as a wider 3″ rustic frame paired with a 2.5″ liner. These are lightweight, and avoid the obvious issues of shipping and hanging a larger piece of glass.
Linen Liner Styles
The two styles with liners can be configured with different width liners. I carry three liner widths, in a natural linen: 1″, 2″ and 3″. See the chart below for a comparison of how each looks.
1" Liner 2" Liner 3" Liner 2" Antique Black Frame 3" Brown Scoop Frame
The styles shown are by no means the only frames available to you. Please feel free to give me a call or drop me an email with your requirements. I can also post alternate ideas modelled after your room. Contact me for details on how that can be accomplished. I look forward to working with you on your next decorating project!