Art Framing

Investigating the Art of Art Framing

The famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci, the Mona Lisa was painted between 1503-1506. It's especially known for the introduction of a new technique called Sfumato. It refers to the blending of light and shade. This famous painting's first wooden frame started cracking at the beginning of the 20th century, and restorers had to redo the framing numerous times. Art framing not only contributes to the preservation but also the presentation of a masterpiece. ACT Framing Doctor provides customised frames to enhance your prints, photos or artworks.

Tips to Frame a Painting

Art can involve a variety of mediums such as paint, pastel, charcoal or graphite. These are perishable mediums and should serve as a guide when framing artwork. The golden rule is never to let the glass touch the artwork, with a special mat placed between the painting and the glass to preserve the artwork over time. Here are more tips on how to frame art:

  • Oil paintings, due to the thickness of the layers, give you endless possibilities for framing. It is typically not framed behind glass, as the oil still needs time to breathe, even if it feels dry to the touch.
  • Do proper research: answering these questions can help guide the framing process. Where will it hang? Does the artwork have a history, and how was the framing handled historically?
  • The ultimate goal of framing is preservation. Besides the decor, location and colours of the paintwork, you also need to consider any paintings close by and their framing style.

Options When You Want to Frame a Print

The possibilities for frames, colours and materials are endless, we can always workshop a suitable option for your space. We want the frame to reflect your energy and to work in unison with your space.

  • Full bleed or straight fit refers to the frame covering the paper from edge to edge. With a full bleed, the frame acts as a border around the art and is suitable for prints or posters with a lot of negative/white space around the main image.
  • Matted framing has a border around the poster/print. It is a popular way of framing and creating breathing room around the art and draws the eye towards the centre. Matting allows a buffer for Canvas paper (usually oil paintings) and the glass, thus giving you an option to frame it normally.
  • Float mounting refers to the print placed on top of the matted edges. This works well to emphasise paper or medium texture or give prominence to a mixed medium art or print.

About ACT Framing Doctor

As a family-owned business with over 25 years of experience, we take our craft seriously. Our experience stems from a love for art and creating a lasting impression for each customer – whether it’s prints, artwork, photos or memorabilia. Contact us today for professional custom frames.