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Framing your art

What kind of frame and matting shall I use?

As with other types of artwork, like oil paintings or watercolor paintings demand a different type of frame, so does my digital art.

I have found when framing my own that I prefer to have a frame that doesn't distract from the image. To keep your eyeballs on the art and not on the frame, try to buy a frame that are of thin wood moulding.

You have two choices, either take it to a professional framer, (which, by the way is my recommendation), or framing it yourself.
Having a pro do the framing will be kind of expensive, however, you can pretty well bet they know what they are doing. If you do decide to do yourself, be prepared to go through some trial and error.
To make a short cut, follow me:

* Buy your standard size frame, making sure the art plus one quarter inch can easily be put in the mat.
* If there is no mat, you'll need to find pre-cut mats sold at a art and frame store in your hometown.
* If, which this is possible: the image is of different dimensions than the standard sizes, then this where having a pro would be able to do it. But, and there is always a but, if you would like to cut the mat yourself, then follow these steps:

1. Mat board comes in a wide variety of colors, and it would be good to carry your art to the art store, and see what colors look like next to your print. If you need help, don't hesitate to ask.

2. Some art stores have a mat cutting service, you might be able to save you some time by having a knowledgeable person do this. It would be also good to bring your frame with you, so the cutter will know how big to cut the mat.

3. Take it home, put it together, and for extra protection, I recommend that you use paper tape, (the kind that you'll have to moisten yourself).
After putting the backing on, on the four sides of the back, on the seams between the back and the frame, run the tape.
This will protect the art in two ways that I can think of. The first, little critters, er bugs, will have a harder time getting through, and two: if the artwork is going to be around where there is smoking allowed, it will protect it from nicotine smoke.

I would like you to be aware of some other things, namely the placement of your newly framed art. Where are you hanging your artwork? The worse place of all would be in the bathroom. You'll have several enemies: first, there is the steam, which then will cause over time wrinkling and even mold. So, the bathroom isn't in the best interest of preserving your investment. How about your living room? Ah, better. You will need to consider the placement with the following: do you have direct sunlight  on one of your walls, if so, you will want to place your art not in the direct sun. Over time as before, the color in the art may fade. So, the best choice would be somewhere in your home where you'll be able to enjoy it for a very long time.

I have tried to cover the basics of the whole art of framing and matting, so if you need more information, let me know. If I don't have the answers to your questions, I will find out for you.

~ Cat ~   catcre8sart at yahoo dot com